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COUNTY OF HAWAI'I 4�`-slx. STATE OF HAWAII <br /> E... <br /> BILL Nth 13 <br /> (DRAFT 4) <br /> ORDINANCE NO. 17 <br /> AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 20, OF THE HAWAII COUNTY CODE 1983 <br /> (2016 EDITION,AS AMENDED), BY ADDING A NEW ARTICLE RELATING TO <br /> REDUCTION OF POLYSTYRENE FOAM "STYROFOAM" FOOD CONTAINERS <br /> AND FOOD SERVICE WARE. <br /> BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE COUNTY OF HAWAII: <br /> SECTION 1. Chapter 20, Hawai`i County Code 1983 (2016 Edition, as amended), is <br /> amended by adding a new article to be appropriately designated and to read as follows: <br /> "Article_. Polystyrene Foam Food Container and <br /> Food Service Ware Reduction. <br /> Division 1. General Provisions. <br /> Section 20-_. Findings and purpose. <br /> Solid waste that is nondegradable or nonrecyclable poses unique problems for an island in <br /> the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Disposal of such waste either takes up valuable air space in <br /> existing landfills or ends up as litter, sometimes in our marine environment. <br /> Polystyrene foam, sometimes incorrectly referred to as "Styrofoam," is neither degradable <br /> nor compostable. It is made from non-renewable fossil fuels and synthetic chemicals that can <br /> leach out over time into the environment, especially after contact with hot, greasy, or acidic <br /> foods. When discarded, polystyrene foam often breaks into tiny pieces, is mistaken for food and <br /> ingested by land and marine animals, including birds and fish. This is detrimental not only to <br /> wildlife but to other life forms in the food chain. <br /> In view of the detrimental impacts of this substance in Hawai`i County, it is the purpose of <br /> this article to: reduce the use of polystyrene foam food containers and food service ware by <br /> supermarkets and other vendors; eliminate the use of polystyrene foam for packaging prepared <br /> and unprepared food; and thereby promote the use of environmentally preferable alternatives. <br /> Although foods packaged outside of the limits of Hawai`i County are excluded from the <br /> provisions of this article, the purveyors of foods prepackaged outside of the limits of Hawai'i <br /> County are encouraged to follow these provisions and thereby support the County's policy goal <br /> to eliminatethe use of polystyrene foam disposable food service ware. <br />