S.B. NO.



S.D. 1


H.D. 1














SECTION 1. The legislature finds that polystyrene foam has significant negative impacts on the environment. Due to its lightweight nature and its ability to break down into smaller fragments that persist for decades, polystyrene foam contributes to the potential death of marine animals and avian populations through ingestion. The legislature therefore believes that to protect the State's unique environment and the health and welfare of its marine and avian life, the use of polystyrene foam containers for sale or service of prepared food within the State should be prohibited.

The purpose of this Act is to promote public health, reduce litter, and limit the entry of harmful materials into the environment by prohibiting the sale of polystyrene foam food service containers and the sale or service of prepared food using polystyrene foam containers statewide. The legislature anticipates that this Act will have the effect of encouraging the use of environmentally preferred alternatives, such as containers made from recyclable and compostable materials.

SECTION 2. The Hawaii Revised Statutes is amended by adding a new chapter to title 19 to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:


Polystyrene foam containers

   -1 Definitions. As used in this chapter:

"Polystyrene" means a thermoplastic petrochemical material utilizing a styrene monomer, including all polystyrene, meaning any styrene or vinyl chloride polymer that is blown into a foam-like material. Polystyrene includes materials created from techniques including the fusion of polymer spheres (expandable bead polystyrene), injection molding, foam molding, and extrusion-blow molding (extruded foam polystyrene).

"Polystyrene foam container" means a container that is made using polystyrene.

"Prepared food" means food or beverages that are prepared to be consumed on or off the premises of a restaurant or food establishment.

"Restaurant" means an eating establishment, including but not limited to coffee shops, cafeterias, sandwich stands, food trucks, and private and public school cafeterias, that gives or offers for sale food or beverages to the public, guests, or employees, as well as kitchens and catering facilities in which food or beverages are prepared on the premises for serving elsewhere. The term "restaurant" includes a bar area within a restaurant and outdoor areas of restaurants.

"Vendor" means any person, firm, or corporation engaged in selling or offering for sale any prepared food containers.

   -2 Prohibition on the sale and use of polystyrene foam food service containers. (a) No vendor operating within the State shall sell any polystyrene foam containers.

(b) No restaurant operating within the State shall serve prepared food using polystyrene foam containers.

   -3 Rules. The department of health may adopt rules pursuant to chapter 91 necessary to implement this chapter, including rules relating to enforcement and exemptions. The rules may also include a requirement for food vendors to educate their customers regarding proper disposal of nonreusable food containers and litter reduction."

SECTION 3. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun before its effective date.

SECTION 4. If any provision of this Act, or the application thereof to any person or circumstance, is held invalid, the invalidity does not affect other provisions or applications of the Act that can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this Act are severable.

SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2100.



Report Title:

Environment; Polystyrene Foam; Prohibition; Food Service



Prohibits sale of polystyrene foam food service containers and the sale or service of food using polystyrene containers statewide. Authorizes the Department of Health to adopt rules for implementation including for enforcement, exemptions, and consumer education. (SB367 HD1)




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