Styrofoam Ban Coming

On July 1, 2019, the Styrofoam ban goes into effect on the Big Island. While I get the concern for the environment and I applaud the legislation, I just don’t get it.

On the outside looking in, the public sees a ban on Styrofoam. For those of us who see the effect Styrofoam has had on our ecosystem, we agree with the ban. Government officials believe that they are pleasing the public and doing the job that they were elected to do.

But after taking a closer look at it, I’m a little confused.

For the most part, the only containers that are banned are plate lunch containers from food establishments. Styrofoam egg cartons are not banned, Styrofoam coolers are also ok and Styrofoam containers used by approved food vendors at county facilities are ok as well.


I get that people will say it’s a great start. But do we ever go back and say, “ok let’s work on the rest of it now.” And more important, if it’s killing our wildlife then let’s ban it…completely!

As a small business owner, I guess I’m seeing it as more legislation to slow down small business while not affecting big business. But hey that’s just me.

Opponents of the new law state that the containers used to replace the Styrofoam will be costlier and that cost will be passed to the consumer. They also don’t keep meals hot for very long and will be more subject to leaking.

What are your thoughts on the Styrofoam ban? Is it good, is it too much or is it not enough?

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Mitch Roth 2024 Vote
Hilo Ocean Adventures Hilo, HI (808)934-8344

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