Hawaii State Senate approves a bill to ban single-use plastics

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The Hawaii State Senate voted on the 5th of March 2019 to advance a statewide plastics ban. The bill prohibits single-use polystyrene food containers and plastic food items including straws, bottles, and utensils. The legislation would create a working group that formulates strategies for eliminating single-use plastic packaging and develop reusable container incentive programs. The legislation also cites San Diego's recent move to reduce single-use plastics as its potential blueprint.