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bill 40

We Passed Bill 40!

We're in the process of phasing out single-use plastics on Oʻahu to #beatplasticpollution.

What is Bill 40?

Bill 40 is an important piece of legislation passed by the Honolulu City Council on December 4, 2019. It is one of the strongest single-use plastic bans in the country, phasing out a variety of single-use plastics, including utensils, polystyrene clamshells, and straws. However, it also allows for exemptions in specific fields (including the medical field).


This bill does not include prepackaged, shelf-stable, and grab-and-go foods (this includes items such as poi bags, musubi wrappers, and bottled water).

Bill 40 could not have been passed without the help of non-profits, businesses, councilmembers, youth, and community members. The youth turnout in particular was influential with over 1,500 youth expressing their support via the signature scroll as pictured above and to the upper left.

With Mayor Kirk Caldwell's signature (pictured to the bottom left), Bill 40 is now law as Ordinance 19-30.

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