Kauai Chapter

Styrofoam Free Kauai

Update

September 15th, 2020

On September 15 Mayor Kawakami signed Bill 2775 into an ordinance. Hawaii will now be a foam-free State across all counties, and the 5th foam-free State in the country!!! MAHALO to all of you who helped make this happen!

September 9th, 2020

The Kaua’i County Council passed Bill 2775 this morning!  The Bill now awaits Mayor Kawakami’s signature to turn it into an ordinance. We’ll have more details later, but for now Mahalo Nui Loa to all of you who sent testimony to the Council and helped get 2775 passed! 

Bill 2775 Polystyrene Ban – Final Reading and Vote on September 9th

On August 19 the County Council heard more testimony on Bill 2775 – the ban on polystyrene – commonly known as Styrofoam. We are excited to announce that the Bill passed out of committee and will have a final reading and vote on September 9, 2020. Surfrider Kauai thanks the County Council and looks forward to the Bill being voted into an ordinance. We’d also like to thank the members of our Ocean Friendly Restaurants program, other foam-free restaurants on Kauai and our many members who submitted testimony for the August 19 hearing. 

Due to concerns about the challenges restaurants might face during Covid19, the Council removed the amendment that called for all plastics to be replaced with certified, compostable alternatives – and moved the effective date to January 1, 2022. So we still have work to do to expand the ban, as plastic foodware is one of the leading sources of ocean pollution. Therefore this Bill is an important first step for Kauai, and we look forward to seeing it voted into law on September 9th. 

Let the Council members know that you support Bill 2775 by emailing them before September 9th at councilmembers@kauai.gov. And of course visit Kauai.Surfrider.org/Styrofoam after September 9th for updates on the vote. 

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