Beginning Tuesday, a brand new legislation banning the sale, rental and distribution of disposable Styrofoam bodyboards will go into impact in Maui County.
The ordinance amending the unique plastic bag ban was launched final 12 months by Councilwoman Tamara Paltin to restrict the variety of bodyboards dumped on seashores after a couple of makes use of.
Disposable bodyboards aren’t sturdy and break simply throughout use, spreading small items of styrofoam on the seaside and within the ocean, which is a identified environmental well being hazard. Animals, together with seabirds and turtles, can die of hunger and malnutrition after mistaking the small items of froth for meals, based on a information launch.
Ordinance no. 5236 identifies “disposable bodyboards” as having a polystyrene foam core and encourages the usage of extra environmentally secure and grip-sensitive options akin to “Sustainable Bodyboards” made with excessive density polyethylene or polypropylene core.
Questions on compliance with the brand new legislation will be directed to the County Division of Environmental Safety and Sustainability by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (808) 270-7631.
Extra details about Ordinance no. 5236 will be discovered at www.mauicounty.gov/eps.