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Hawaii first state to ban plastic bags at checkout

May 17, 2012
"Passing the bans did take an effort -- change always does -- but people seemed to understand the need for such an effort,"
- Robert Harris, director of the Sierra Club's Hawaii chapter

By now, it’s hardly news when a city bans plastic bags at checkout counters -- but an entire state? That’s happened in Hawaii, where Honolulu County has joined the state’s three other counties to give Hawaii a first-in-the-nation title.

The Honolulu County Council approved the ban late last month and Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle, who is also the county executive, initially held back his support, saying he wanted to collect more public input due to enforcement and cost concerns.

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