Mayor Says No to Disposable Plastics for the County

LIHU`E, KAUA`I (Ben Caxton) — Starting in 2021 no more disposable plastics for the County of Kaua`i. Mayor Derek Kawakami signed the new administrative policy on Tuesday to prohibit the purchase, use, or distribution of disposable plastics on County property. The policy declares that County agencies and other authorized entities using County facilities will be prohibited from purchasing and distributing disposable plastics including bottled water, plastic beverage straws, stirrers, cutlery, food service ware, and plastic bags. This includes purchases made for County offices, facilities, county events, and events funded by the County through grants or other means. Kawakami said that this means county departments will no longer purchase these one-time-use plastics for meetings and events and will prohibit their use and distribution by the public and event organizers at county facilities such as the Kaua`i War Memorial Convention Hall, neighborhood centers, and park pavilions. The policy will take effect next January 1st allowing County officials time to educate the public on the new policy and offer helpful tips on adjusting to the change. The goal, the Mayor added is to encourage the limited the use of the products that are “harmful to our environment and animal habitats and shorten the lifespan of our landfill. “

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