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Life without plastic bags begins.

January 6, 2011
Debra Lordan · Editor/General Manager

The regulation prohibits businesses from providing single-use plastic bags with handles to customers at the checkout counter for transporting groceries and other goods.

Every year, more than 50 million single-use plastic bags have been used in Maui County. Our fragile ecosystem has been harmed by the overuse of these bags, which have blown across our beautiful island, eventually ending up in trees and fences or carried out to sea where they endanger sea life.

But don’t worry, omnivores, your butcher is not going to slap your slab of sirloin on the counter if you haven’t brought your own bag with you. And you vegetarians aren’t going to have to juggle handfuls of granola on your way out to the parking lot. Bags meant to hold food to prevent contamination, such as for raw meat or bakery items, and bags for self-serving bulk food, like grains and nuts, will still be available. Dry cleaners and pharmacists will also supply bags for your duds and drugs.

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Debra Lordan
Editor/General Manager

Most akamai businesses have prepared well for the retirement of plastic bags within the last year, so don’t fret if Santa didn’t bring you your own reusable designer satchel. Many stores sell their own branded bags at nearly every checkout counter. (Doesn’t everyone already have a huge collection of them?)

Businesses will also be permitted to provide their customers with all types of paper bags (for sale or free-of-charge), although the use of recyclable paper bags and reusable bags is strongly encouraged.

But this is no joke. This is a serious law. Violators will receive a fine of $500 daily and ongoing violations will garner fines of up to $1,000 per day.

Thanks to this ban, the plastic marring our beautiful island and harming our oceans and the delicate marine life will be greatly reduced.



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