Plastic Bag Ban

Chapter 9, Article 9 of the Revised Ordinances of Honolulu regulates the types of bags provided to customers on Oahu, effective July 1, 2015. The City's Department of Environmental Services is assigned the responsibility to implement and enforce this bag ban.


Effective July 1, 2015, Ordinance 12-8 prohibited businesses from providing plastic checkout bags and non-recyclable paper bags to their customers at the point of sale for the purpose of transporting groceries or other merchandise.

Effective July 1, 2015, Ordinance 14-29 amended the plastic bag ban to include a new definition for "Compostable Plastic Bag" to apply a standard to the decomposition of compostable plastic bags. The amendment also included a revision to the definition of "Plastic Bag".

The Plastic Bag Ban was again amended in Ordinance 17-37. Effective July 1, 2018, businesses are required to charge customers a minimum of 15 cents per reusable, compostable plastic or recyclable paper bag they provide to customers at the point of sale for the purposes of transporting groceries or other merchandise. Also included in this amendment is a requirement that, effective January 1, 2020, plastic film bags with a thickness of 10 mils or less shall no longer be considered "Reusable Bags" and compostable plastic bags shall not longer be considered "Acceptable Bags".

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Bring Your Own Bag

Save money and resources by Bringing Your Own reusable Bag with you to the store! Don't forget your bag at home or in your car; be reminded with a BYOB sticker. Stickers are available at Foodland, Times, Yamashiro's Building Supply (Ace Hardware) Kaneohe, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Japanese Cultural Center gift shop, Aloha Tofu, all People's Open Markets, and coming soon to Don Quijote and Marukai.

If you are a business and are interested in becoming a distribution point for our BYOB reminder stickers or have questions or need assistance, please contact the City's Recycling Branch at 768-3200x6 or

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