News Flash

Press Releases

Posted on: August 5, 2022

Disposable Bodyboard Ban takes effect Tuesday, August 9th

Disposable Bodyboard Ban takes effect on Tuesday

Ordinance prohibits sale, rental or distribution of polystyrene bodyboards 


A new law banning the sale, rental, and distribution of disposable polystyrene bodyboards goes into effect on Tuesday, August 9, 2022.


The ordinance to amend the original plastic bag ban was introduced last year by Councilmember Tamara Paltin to limit the number of bodyboards discarded on beaches after few uses. Disposable bodyboards are not durable and are easily broken during use, spreading small bits of polystyrene foam on the beach and in the ocean. Polystyrene is a known environmental health hazard: toxins in foamed polystyrene, one of the most abundant forms of global pollution, leach into the ocean and animals, including seabirds and turtles, die of starvation and malnutrition after mistaking the small pieces of foam for food.


“As a former Ocean Safety Lieutenant, I’ve seen the pollution and harm that disposable polystyrene boogie boards can cause,” explained Councilmember Tamara Paltin. “It makes much more environmental sense for visitors to rent a durable bodyboard that can be returned after use. Residents should not own disposable boards at all.”


The Maui County ordinance was passed unanimously by attending Councilmembers and signed into law by Mayor Michael Victorino on August 9, 2021.


“It’s time for all of us to eliminate disposable products to the extent possible,” said Mayor Victorino. “Everyone can save money and help the environment by replacing disposables with reusable products.”


Ordinance No. 5236 identifies “disposable bodyboards” as having a polystyrene foam core, and encourages the use of environmentally-safer and rider-responsive alternatives such as “durable bodyboards” made with high-density polyethylene or polypropylene cores.


Businesses, including those providing visitor accommodations, are encouraged to rent or loan durable bodyboards to their guests, promoting reusable recreation and sustainable tourism.


Questions about compliance with the new law can be directed to the County Environmental Protection & Sustainability Division by emailing or by calling (808) 270–7631. 


More information about Ordinance No. 5236 can be found at

Additional Info...
Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Press Releases

Trash pickups rescheduled in Haiku

Posted on: November 4, 2022

New Hybrid Electric buses unveiled

Posted on: October 7, 2022


Posted on: October 3, 2022

Molokai Landfill hours modified

Posted on: September 14, 2022

Trash pickups rescheduled in Kula

Posted on: September 14, 2022

Molokai Landfill hours modified

Posted on: September 6, 2022

Trash pickups rescheduled in Kula

Posted on: August 26, 2022

Update Lanai trash collections delayed

Posted on: August 11, 2022

Trash pickups rescheduled on Lanai

Posted on: May 31, 2022

Trash pickups rescheduled in Wailuku

Posted on: March 28, 2022

Trash pickups rescheduled in Wailuku

Posted on: March 21, 2022

Trash pickups rescheduled in Paia

Posted on: March 14, 2022

No-shows leave COVID-19 test gaps

Posted on: December 27, 2021

Mayor Victorino signs Bill 118

Posted on: December 10, 2021

Prepare for flooding in Maui County

Posted on: December 5, 2021

Mahalawa Bridge - Hana

Posted on: December 2, 2021