Chair Ige, Vice Chair Kidani and members of the Ways and Means Committee:
Thank you for the opportunity to submit testimony representing the statewide members of League of Women
Voters of Hawaii supporting a fee on single use plastic bags and the use of some of the resulting funds for the
natural area reserve.
The improper disposal of single use plastic bags is recognized as an environmental hazard. Curtailing this use in
Hawaii by imposing a fee on each bag will mean fewer bags disposed of improperly finding their way to our
landscape and waters and thus safeguarding our natural environment. The images we see of sea turtles ensnared in
plastic bags that have washed from mauka areas is but one of many examples that causes us all to reflect on the
impact of plastic bags on the natural environment.
The League continues our support of placing some of the collected funds into the natural area reserve fund where it
will be used for protecting native ecosystems and habitats for rare native plants and animals and protecting
forested watersheds for water recharge,
The League of Women Voters environmental protections and anti-pollution positions aim to prevent ecological
degradation and to reduce and control pollutants before they do harm. Environmental protection and pollution
control, including waste management should be considered a cost of providing a product or service. Our position is
that consumers must expect to pay some of the costs of environmental protection.
We ask you to pass SB 2511 S.D. 1.