Kauai mayor signs bill to restrict polystyrene foam food containers

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LIHUE, Hawaii (KHON2) — All the counties in the state will soon be styrofoam-free.

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Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami signed a bill into law on Tuesday, Sept. 15 that requires all restaurants, grocery stores, food trucks and other food providers, to stop using styrofoam food containers and cups.

“This is not by any means a panacea to fixing our environment,” said Kauai Councilmember Mason Chock who introduced the bill with KipuKai Kualii.”But it does serve as a representation and a small step..One that the county can take on its own and the people who live here..Which I know everyone who lives here which I know everyone on this island appreciates and understands the kuleana that we have.”

The ban takes effect January 1, 2022.

Hawaii will then become the fifth styrofoam-free state in the nation following Maine, Maryland, New York and Vermont.

The bill was passed after a 4-2 vote at Council chambers on Wednesday, Sept. 9.

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