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Polystyrene Ban

October 18, 2021

The County of Kaua‘i shared the following notice to food providers regarding the restricted use and sale of polystyrene foam containers.

For more details, please read the press release below.

Notice to Food Providers: Use and sale of polystyrene foam food containers restricted effective Jan. 1, 2022.

LĪHU‘E – County officials are notifying food providers that effective Jan. 1, 2022, the use and sale of polystyrene foam food containers will be restricted per Ordinance 1079 Article 27, Chapter 22.

“Mahalo to Councilmembers Mason Chock and KipuKai Kuali‘i for introducing Bill No. 2775 and for the Kaua‘i County Council for passing it last September,” said Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami.

“Restricting these types of containers will further public health, encourage the use of environmentally safe products, and lessen waste on our island.”

Mayor Kawakami signed Bill No. 2775 into ordinance on Sept. 15, 2020. The Administrative Rules associated with the ordinance, restricting the use and sale of polystyrene foam food containers, were finalized on Oct. 6, 2021.
Highlights of the ordinance include the following:

  • • Food providers shall not sell, use, provide, or offer polystyrene foam foodservice containers;
    • Polystyrene foam service containers shall not be offered for sale or sold in the County;
    • “Food provider” means any entity or person providing prepared food for consumption;
    • “Foodservice container” means all plates, trays, cups, bowls, cartons, and hinged or lidded
    containers (clamshells) on or in which any foods or beverages are placed or packaged or
    intended to be placed or packaged and designed for one-time use: and
    • “Polystyrene foam” means blown polystyrene and expanded and extruded foams.

All affected businesses are encouraged to review the ordinance and applicable rules on the County’s website at https://www.kauai.gov/polystyreneban.

Vendors should contact the Public Works Solid Waste Office now if there are any questions.
Exemptions are limited and only available to qualified businesses.
Please call 808-241-4195 or email kaki@kauai.gov for more information.

Last modified: October 18, 2021

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