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Plastic Bags Banned on All Hawaiian Islands

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HONOLULU, Hawaii - Hawaii has just become the first U.S. state to enact a statewide ban on plastic bags. While no law has yet been passed on the state level, each of the counties in the state has now enacted its own plastic bag ban, making the ban statewide in practice without a state law.

Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle Friday signed a bill banning the distribution of plastic bags by retailers beginning July 1, 2015. So Hawaii residents and visitors alike will have three years to learn to take reusable bags with them when they go shopping.

The City and County of Honolulu, which encompasses all of the island of Oahu, was the last of Hawaii's counties to enact a ban on single-use plastic bags at the point of sale. The Honolulu City Council approved the bill on a 7-1 vote on April 25.

Bans are already in place in Maui County, which includes the islands of Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Koho'olawe, and in Kauai County, which covers all of the island of Kauai. 

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