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June 25, 2015

Think About It: Good Days, Bag Days

From the window in my office, I look upon a nice tree on the median strip of Waiakamilo Road. For months on end, the beauty of the tree had been blighted by an ugly plastic bag that had blown into the top of the tree and stuck there, wavering like a tacky flag. Time, and natural circumstances, have since blown this offending object away- no more plastic bag. Perhaps it's a microcosm for the world we are entering into on Oahu as plastic bags start to become a thing of the past.

Yes, it'll be a bit of an inconvenience for those of us who don't shop a lot to remember to bring in a handy canvas sack for our goods, but it will soon become an everyday thought process, much like recycling newspapers, aluminum cans and plastic bottles is now as much a part of our daily routine as brushing your teeth. At least, I hope you brush your teeth daily. "Effective July 1, Honolulu businesses shall be prohibited from providing plastic checkout bags and non-recyclable paper bags to their customers at the point of sale for the purpose of transporting groceries or other merchandise." That's what it says on the Department for Environmental Services website locally, and that's what you'll find next week on Oahu.

There are some exceptions, but you really ought to get used to carrying around some recyclable bags in your car as this ordinance goes into effect in less than a week. Maui and Kaui counties bagged the bags four years ago, and Hawaii Island nixed the plastic grocery holders18-months ago. It's Honolulu county's turn now, and the wildlife, landfills, humans, and tree outside my window will all be the better for it. Think about it…

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