Hawaii weighs first-in-nation plastic bans at restaurants
HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii would be the first state in the U.S. to ban most plastics used at restaurants under legislation that aims to cut down on waste that pollutes the ocean.
Dozens of cities across the country have banned plastic foam containers, but Hawaii would be the first to bar them statewide. A second, more ambitious proposal would go even further and prohibit restaurants from distributing and using plastic drink bottles, utensils, stirring sticks, bags, and straws.
Activists believe the first measure has a better chance of passing. Some businesses say the legislation would force them to raise prices because there aren't good alternatives to plastic. Hawaii is a liberal state with a record of environmental policies such as mandating renewable energy use and prohibiting sunscreen ingredients that harm coral.
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