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COUNTY OF HAWAII <br />JMSYf0i M,�1 <br />'1Tg GF.M'.�1 <br />ORDINANCE NO. <br />STATE OF HAWAII <br />BILL NO. 74 <br />AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 20, ARTICLE 6, OF THE HAWAII <br />COUNTY CODE 1983 (2016 EDITION, AS AMENDED), RELATING TO <br />POLYSTYRENE FOAM FOOD CONTAINER AND FOOD SERVICE WARE <br />REDUCTION. <br />BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE COUNTY OF HAWAII: <br />SECTION 1. Chapter 20, article 6, division 1, section 20-60, of the Hawaii County <br />Code 1983 (2016 Edition, as amended), is amended to read as follows: <br />"Section 20-60. Findings and purpose. <br />Solid waste that is nondegradable or nonrecyclable poses unique problems for an <br />island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Disposal of such waste either takes up valuable <br />air space in existing landfills or ends up as litter, sometimes in our marine environment. <br />Polystyrene foam, sometimes incorrectly referred to as "Styrofoam," is neither <br />degradable nor compostable. It is made from non-renewable fossil fuels and synthetic <br />chemicals that can leach out over time into the environment, especially after contact with <br />hot, greasy, or acidic foods. When discarded, polystyrene foam often breaks into tiny <br />pieces, is mistaken for food and ingested by land and marine animals, including birds and <br />fish. This is detrimental not only to wildlife but to other life forms in the food chain. <br />In view of the detrimental impacts of this substance in Hawaii County, it is the <br />purpose of this article to: reduce the use of polystyrene foam food containers and food <br />service ware by supermarkets and other vendors; eliminate the use of polystyrene foam <br />for packaging prepared and unprepared food; and thereby promote the use of <br />environmentally preferable alternatives. <br />Although foods packaged outside of the limits of Hawaii County are excluded <br />from the provisions of this article, the purveyors of foods prepackaged outside of the <br />limits of Hawaii County are encouraged to follow these provisions and thereby support <br />the County's policy goal to eliminate the use of polystyrene foam disposable food service <br />ware. <br />Implementation of this ban will begin to maximize diversion of compostables, <br />including compostable foodware, from the waste stream to be available as compost to <br />farmers, landscapers, and residents once the County's full-scale compost program is in <br />place. [ ' <br />] <br />Through these measures, it is the [ s] Coup 's intent to improve <br />environmental quality on the island and in the neighboring marine environment. <br />Reduction of the amount of nondegradable and nonrecyclable waste that enters the waste <br />