Honolulu City Council approves bill banning the distribution of plastic bags by retailers; measure now goes to Mayor Peter Carlisle, will take effect in July 2015 if signed into law

HONOLULU , April 25, 2012 () – The Honolulu City Council approved a bill banning the distribution of plastic bags by retailers.

KHON (http://bit.ly/IhbVmo) reports the bill prohibits all non-recyclable paper and non-biodegradable plastic bags or bags that can't be broken down naturally in the environment.

The ban would takes effect in July 2015.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://bit.ly/JaLDwJ) reports Wednesday's vote was 7-1, with Councilman Nestor Garcia casting the only no vote. Garcia says he prefers imposing a fee for plastic bags, at least temporarily.

The bill now goes to Mayor Peter Carlisle.

Councilman Stanley Chang did not attend the council meeting at Kapolei Hale.

Honolulu is the last county in Hawaii to ban plastic shopping bags. They're already prohibited in Maui and Kauai counties. Hawaii County's ban takes effect in two years.

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