STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2965
RE: S.B. No. 2817
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2020
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health, to which was referred S.B. No. 2817, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO WASTE,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to require cooperative housing corporations and unit owners' associations of high-rise condominium properties to provide at least one waste cooking oil receptacle in an easily accessible location on the property to allow residents to deposit grease and waste cooking oil.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from Mid-Pacific Institute and fourteen individuals. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from Associa, Hawaii Council of Associations of Apartment Owners, and two individuals.
Your Committee finds that proper disposal of used cooking oil is an important waste concern. If improperly disposed, cooking oil can block plumbing and piping, which can lead to sewage back-ups in homes and businesses. Proper disposal of waste cooking oil can help prevent expensive plumbing repairs and benefits the environment. Additionally, in our attempts to become more sustainable, improving ways to create more biofuel should be a top priority. This measure would create a convenient and accessible way to expand the collection of waste cooking oil and grease to allow for an increased source of biofuel and helps to eliminate the risks associated with improper disposal.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2817, S.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health,
ROSALYN H. BAKER, Chair