STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1587
RE: H.R. No. 20
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce, to which was referred H.R. No. 20 entitled:
"HOUSE RESOLUTION URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH'S ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT DIVISION TO ENSURE THAT DESTINATIONS TO WHICH THE STATE'S RECYCLABLE WASTE IS TRANSPORTED FOR OUT-OF-STATE PROCESSING ABIDE BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS AS OUTLINED BY THE BASEL CONVENTION,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to urge the Department of Health's Environmental Management Division to ensure that destinations that receive the State's recyclable waste for out-of-state processing abide by the environmental standards as outlined by the Basel Convention.
Your Committee finds that much of the State's recyclable waste is shipped out of the State for end-of-life processing. Your Committee further finds that upon arrival at its final destination, much of this waste is often handled in a manner that causes harm to human health and the local environment. This measure will help ensure that the State's recyclable waste is sent to locations where it can be responsibly processed for reuse.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of H.R. No. 20 and recommends its adoption.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce,
AARON LING JOHANSON, Chair