The Council’s Public Works, Infrastructure, and Sustainability (PWIS) Committee, which I chair, considered several agenda items involving environmental issues at our March 8th Committee meeting that may be of interest to Aiea residents:
- BWS Information Briefing: Board of Water Supply presented an update on the status of the Red Hill Administrative Order on Consent (AOC), community outreach procedures involving the BWS Water Master Plan and its capital improvement upgrades and financing, and new notifications regarding water main breaks that impact City/State roadways. Please contact my office at 768-5006 if you’re interested in a copy of the BWS informational briefing materials.
- Bill 59, Proposed CD1, Relating to Plastic Bags provided to Customers: Plastic bag bans have been adopted in neighbor island and Honolulu counties over the past decade, but plastic bags that blow into the ocean or onto parks and beaches have remained as a source of ocean trash and litter.
The PWIS Committee initially heard Bill 59 on February 8th. After learning that proponents for the bill and against the bill agreed that bag-fees (e.g., charging a fee of 10 cents per bag provided for customers’ use) had proven to be the most effective means of reducing the use of plastic bags among retail and supermarket outlets in other jurisdictions, I asked industry and environmental stakeholders to work collaboratively on amendments they could support. The Proposed CD1 amendments to allow businesses to provide plastic bags to customers at a minimum 10-cent charge were accepted and reported out for passage on second reading, and will likely be heard at the March 22nd full Council meeting.