Hawaii legislative committees reject plastics ban proposals

HONOLULU — Two Hawaii legislative committees have rejected proposals that would have banned a variety of plastics used by the food service industry.

The committees on Wednesday amended an anti-plastics bill to delete a section that would have prohibited the sale and use of plastic drink bottles, utensils, stirring sticks, bags and straws.

But the House Consumer Protection and Commerce Committee and the House Judiciary Committee both voted to keep a section of the bill establishing a working group to develop a plan to eliminate single-use plastic packaging.

They are sending the amended bill to the House Finance Committee for further consideration.

The committees deferred another bill that would have banned polystyrene foam containers at restaurants and other businesses.

The proposed plastic bans aimed to reduce ocean pollution and climate change.

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