Plastic bag fee bill supported in state Capitol display
Four hundred plastic grocery bags were staked to the state Capitol lawn along Beretania Street today to call attention to a Senate Bill that would impose a 10 cent fee on the disposable sacks and their paper counterparts and channel some of the revenue to fund watershed protection projects.
Girl Scout and Kalani High School sophomore Diana Sellner, along with about 15 of her friends, created the outdoor display to illustrate the number of disposable bags used by the average person on Oahu each year (a total of 400 million
Sen. Mike Gabbard (D, Waikele Ko Olina), one of the senators who introduced of the bill, said SB 2511 is “a win win” because “it cleans up our precious aina and it raises money to protect our watersheds.”
The bill would allot $800,000 of the projected revenues to the Department of Health to run and enforce the program and $11 million would go to the Department of Land and Natural Resources to pay for its ambitious watershed projects.