Plastic Bag Ban

Maui County Bans Plastic Bags at Supermarkets and Retail Stores

Plastic bags pose a significant threat to the marine environment. On Maui, gusty trade winds blow plastic bags out of the Maui County Landfill. The bags create litter and can end up in the ocean.

During 2009 and 2010, the Maui County Council heard testimony on proposals to ban the distribution of plastic bags at grocery stores and other retail establishments on Maui.

Pacific Whale Foundation testified in support of this ban. As of 1/11/11, Maui's laws ban retailers from providing free plastic bags at check-out to customers. Shoppers are bringing their own bags or going bag-free. This is an important conservation victory that helps protect our environment.