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tpJNL�OF <br /> COUNTY OF HAWAII STATE OF HAWAII <br /> BILL NO. 74 <br /> (DRAFT 2) <br /> ORDINANCE NO. <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. [n,.,.rain, ., this or-d ,,atiee is being; ,.leme„+oa in tandem with the Cent y's <br /> fullwale eempost .] <br /> Through these measures, it is the [ ] County's intent to improve <br /> environmental quality on the island and in the neighboring marine environment. <br /> Reduction of the amount of nondegradable and nomrecyclable waste that enters the waste <br />