New plastic bag ban begins Sunday on Oahu, requiring supermarkets and other stores to charge customers at least 15 cents per bag at checkout. Honolulu City Councilmember Brandon Elefante introduced the new law, saying the goal is to protect the environment.
Shoppers express mixed reactions; some say 15 cents per bag is high, others say they don't mind getting into a new habit of bringing their own bags.
Exemptions to the new law include newspaper home delivery bags, dry cleaning bags, pet stores bags, and produce bag. Elefante says on January 1, 2020, all plastic bags for groceries or other retail items will be banned.
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