Mayor Kawakami signs bill to ban polystyrene

LIHU‘E — Mayor Derek Kawakami Tuesday signed Bill No. 2775 into law, restricting the use and sale of polystyrene foam food-service containers.

The bill, introduced by Councilmembers Mason Chock and KipuKai Kuali‘i, was passed after a 4-2 vote at Council chambers on Wednesday.

“Mahalo to the Kaua‘i County Council for passing this bill that will help to lessen the impact of waste on our island – both on land and in the ocean,” said Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami. “Restricting these types of containers will further public health and encourage the use of environmentally-safe products.”

The ordinance to restrict of the use and sale of polystyrene foam food service containers will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2022.

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