Plastic Free Maui County

Plastic free
  1. Environmental Protection & Sustainability Division


    Recycle Hotline: (808) 270-7880
    Moloka`i: (800) 272-0117 ext.7880
    Lana`i: (800) 272-0125 ext.7880


Plastic Disposable Foodware Ban
Ordinance No. 5084

Effective January 1, 2022, plastic disposable foodware will be banned for use, sale, or provision in Maui County. The ban will affect Maui County food providers that serve food or beverages in plastic disposable foodware after it has been ordered, as well as businesses that sell these items for use. Businesses will provide non-plastic products that are safer for the environment.

Garbage Patch
Midway Atoll
Molokai Cleanup

County of Maui Legislation

What You Need to Know - Beginning January 1, 2022:

  • Plastic disposable foodware shall not be sold, used, or provided by any "food provider," person, or business in Maui County, except by approved exemption.
  • Takeout food packaged after it has been ordered will be served in non-plastic containers.
  • Food that has been “pre-packaged” in plastic containers before purchase will be permissible, but is discouraged.
  • Utensils and straws must be non-plastic and will be provided by request only.
  • Refer to Ordinance No. 5084 or Administrative Rules for details
  • Ord. No. 5084 Webinar - Chamber of Commerce Hawai'i - September 28, 2021

Better Choices Enhance the Health of Our Environment, Our Economy, and Ourselves

  • Reducing the use of plastic foodware protects marine and avian communities from harmful ingestion.
  • Reducing the use of plastic foodware protects people from ingesting micro-plastic through the food chain.
  • Reducing the use of plastic foodware helps mitigate our carbon footprint by lessening the need for fossil-fuels as a source material.
  • The production and degradation of single-use plastics contributes to greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Yale Climate Connections: How plastics contribute to climate change

An Important Step Toward a Circular Economy and Achieving Zero Waste in Hawaiʻi

BYO – Bring Your Own!     Reusable Foodware Kit

  • Choose to bring your own forks, spoons, knives, straws, cups, mugs, flasks, napkins, chopsticks, etc. whenever you can.
  • Plastic Alternatives include: stainless steel, glass, ceramics, cloth, wood products (e.g., bamboo, paper, koa, kou). 
  • Reuse is an important component of zero waste.
  • Oregon State University: Reusables Guide

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