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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 food service containers within the State should be limited.

The purpose of this Act is to promote public health, reduce litter, and limit harmful materials from entering the environment by restricting the use of polystyrene foam food packaging by food providers. 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:



-1 Definitions. As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:

"Affordable" means purchasable for not more than forty per cent more than the purchase cost of an equivalent polystyrene foam food service container.

"ASTM Standard" means the American Society for Testing and

Materials ASTM International Standard.

"Department" means the department of health.

"Director" means the director of health.

"Food provider" means any entity or person, including any

store, shop, sales outlet, restaurant, bar, pub, coffee shop, cafeteria, caterer, convenience store, liquor store, grocery store, supermarket, delicatessen, food truck, catering vehicle or cart, or roadside stand, that, in the course of its business, provides prepared food for consumption within the State.

"Food service container" means any plate; tray; cup; bowl; carton; or hinged, lidded, or clamshell container, on or in which any food or beverage is placed or packaged or intended to be placed or packaged and designed for one-time use.

"Polystyrene foam" means any blown polystyrene or expanded and extruded foam that is a thermoplastic petrochemical material that utilizes a styrene monomer and is processed by techniques including fusion of polymer spheres (expandable bead polystyrene), injection molding, foam molding, and extrusion-blown molding (extruded foam polystyrene). "Polystyrene foam" does not include clear or solid polystyrene (oriented polystyrene).

"Prepared food" means any food or beverage prepared for

consumption using any cooking packaging or food preparation technique, including chopping, slicing, mixing, brewing, freezing, or squeezing, or otherwise prepared for consumption.

-2 Prohibitions. Except as provided in section   ‑3:

(1) No food provider shall sell, use, provide, or offer the use of polystyrene foam food service containers within the State;

(2) Polystyrene foam service containers shall not be sold, used, provided, or offered for use at any state facility, state-authorized concession, state-sponsored event, state-permitted event, or state program; and

(3) Polystyrene foam service containers shall not be offered for sale or sold within the State.

-3 Exemptions. Section -2 shall not apply:

(1) To any polystyrene foam food service container used for raw or butchered meats, poultry, fish, or eggs, unless the food is suitable for consumption without further food preparation;

(2) To any polystyrene foam cooler or ice chest specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuses;

(3) To foam blocks or pieces used as protective packaging during shipping; and

(4) If the director has determined that an emergency exists that requires the immediate preservation of life, health, property, safety, or essential public services; provided that an exemption granted under this paragraph shall only be valid until revoked by the director.

-4 Penalties. Any person who violates this chapter shall pay a civil penalty of $1,000 to the department for each violation.

-5 Information. Restrictions in this chapter on the use of polystyrene foam food service containers shall be stated on each application form for a permit and each contract relating to state facilities, state-authorized concessions, state-sponsored events, state-permitted events, or state programs.

-6 Federal law. This chapter shall not apply to the extent that the application of this chapter:

(1) Conflicts with any federal law; or

(2) Disqualifies any state agency from receiving federal funds or aid.

-7 Administration; annual reports. (a) The director shall adopt rules, pursuant to chapter 91, necessary for the purposes of this chapter.

(b) The director shall submit to the legislature a report at least twenty days prior to the convening of the regular session of 2021 and each regular session thereafter. Each report shall include information on the enforcement of this chapter, as well as the number and types of exemptions granted by the director."

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. This Act shall take effect on January 1, 2020.







Report Title:

Environment; Health; Polystyrene Foam



Prohibits the sale of polystyrene foam food service containers and their use by food providers. Provides for exemptions. Imposes penalties. Requires reports to the Legislature.




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