Plastics Bans Taking Effect in 2019

MUSCODA, WI (Ben Caxton) — Starting in less than a week Maui residents will no longer be able to eat their favorite plate lunches on plastic plates. Mauai is the first of the islands to enforce a total ban on polystyrene foam containers effective January 1st, with the Big Island following suit this summer on July 1st. The ban, which goes into effect December 31st, applies to food that’s ready-to-eat. Grocery items like uncooked, meat, dairy and poultry products are not affected. Opponents say the ban will mean even higher food costs for Hawai`ians as food vendors are forced to turn to much more expensive biodegradable containers which generally cost about double the price of the plastic. Businesses who continue to sell using plastic foam face fines under the new law of up to $1,000 per day.

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