Due to the efforts of the Hawaii Restaurant Association (HRA); Hawaii Food Industry Association (HFIA); and Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, Mayor Caldwell announced a 90-day “grace period” for the enforcement of Ordinance 19-30 (aka Bill 40). This provides the opportunity for food vendors to deplete current inventories and for the Department of Environmental Services to educate operators regarding the compliance requirements of Ordinance 19-30.
In addition, the HRA and HFIA will be submitting a “joint” application for a 2 year “industry exemption,” which, if granted, would move the compliance dates for Phase I (straws; utensils; and plastic bags) to January 1, 2023, and for Phase II (ALL plastic food ware) to January 1, 2024.
We are hopeful that the 2 year “industry exemption” will be seriously considered due to the extreme and dire circumstances for Oahu restaurant and other food vendors.
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