In October of 2009, the Kauai County Council adopted a new law that requires all retail establishments to provide only recyclable paper bags or reusable bags to their customers effective January 11, 2011. The purpose of the legislation is to reduce the significant impacts of plastic checkout bags on the environment, which include litter, an increasing burden on the landfill, and threats to marine life.
The ordinance encourages customers to bring their own reusable bags while shopping, and does not preclude retailers from offering checkout bags for sale to those customers who do not bring their own bags.
In October and November of 2010, public information meetings were held in order to discuss the legislation and draft rules. If you have questions, please call Allison Fraley of the County Solid Waste Division at 241-4837.