Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2019


RE: S.B. No. 893

S.D. 1

H.D. 1





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii




Your Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection, to which was referred S.B. No. 893, S.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


The purpose of this measure is to:


(1) Prohibit the counties from rejecting bottles labeled number 1 (PETE) and number 2 (HDPE) presented for recycling solely because the bottles are accompanied by or adjoined to bottle caps made of materials, including polypropylene, that are not recycled by the respective county;


(2) Require the counties to separate the subject bottle caps from the recyclable bottles and appropriately dispose of the bottle caps;


(3) Require the counties to include polypropylene plastic, and containers manufactured from polypropylene plastic, in their respective feasibility assessments; and


(4) Appropriate moneys to the respective counties to implement this measure.


The Sierra Club of Hawaii, Oahu County Committee on

Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, and several individuals supported this measure. Reynolds Recycling, Inc., Zero Waste Oahu, and an individual opposed this measure.


Your Committee has amended this measure by:


(1) Applying the prohibition on rejecting number 1 and 2 plastic bottles for recycling solely because the bottles are accompanied by or adjoined to nonrecyclable bottle caps, and the requirement to separate and dispose of such nonrecyclable bottle caps, to counties with a population less than 500,000; and


(2) Removing the appropriation allocation to the City and County of Honolulu.


As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 893, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 893, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Finance.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection,