Plastic Source Reduction Working Group

Pursuant to Act 254, the Department of Health, Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch is convening a Plastic Source Reduction Working Group.  Act 254 requires the working group to:

  • Formulate a plan for reducing and recovering plastic from the Hawaii waste stream;
  • Develop strategies to encourage plastic reduction and reuse in the food service industry, such as reusable container incentive programs for customers;
  • Provide recommendations to encourage reuse, reduction, recycling, and recovery of waste and create value added products to innovate and responsibly manage the life cycle of existing resources;
  • Consult with each county that has already enacted ordinances related to single-use plastics such as plastic bags and polystyrene foam containers and develop recommendations for the implementation of a uniform, statewide policy for these items that can replace existing county ordinances and provide businesses with laws that are consistent throughout the State;
  • Consult with stakeholders to develop appropriate exemptions to address concerns of health and safety, lack of suitable alternative products on the market, and lack of infrastructure;
  • Evaluate potential life-cycle and environmental implications of replacing plastic packaging with alternative products; and
  • Submit a report of its findings and recommendations, including recommendations for pilot projects for Hawaii businesses to phase out single-use plastic packaging, promote reuse, and find sustainable alternatives for packaging, as well as any proposed legislation, to the legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the regular session of 2021.


Working Group Members


Lene Ichinotsubo

Department of Health

Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch

Acting Chief



Clifford Inn

Department of Land & Natural Resources

Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation

Program Specialist


Catherine Gewecke

Department of Land & Natural Resources

Division of Aquatic Resources

Aquatic Biologist



Chris Tatum

Hawaii Tourism Authority

President & CEO



Sanne Berrig

County of Hawaii

Department of Environmental Management

Recycling Specialist


Tamara Farnsworth

County of Maui

Environmental Protection & Sustainability Division




Justin Gruenstein

City & County of Honolulu

Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency

Deputy Director



Allison Fraley

County of Kauai

Department of Public Works

Solid Waste Program Coordinator


Danielle Bass

State of Hawaii Office of Planning

State Sustainability Coordinator


Doorae Shin

Surfrider Foundation

Oahu Chapter Coordinator



Nicole Chatterson

Zero Waste Oahu



Rafael Bergstrom

Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii

Executive Director



Lauren Zirbel

Hawaii Food Industry Association

Executive Director



Victor Lim

Hawaii Restaurant Association

Legislative Lead


Sherry Menor-McNamara

Chamber of Commerce Hawaii

President & CEO



David Thorp

American Beverage Association

Senior Director of Governmental Affairs


Adrian Hong

Island Plastic Bags



Bruce Iverson

Reynolds Recycling

Director of Marketing and Development



Meeting #1: November 14, 2019


Board Packet

Welcome Messages

Written Summary & Audio Recording


Meeting #2: January 9, 2020


Board Packet

Written Summary & Audio Recording


Meeting #3: May 21, 2020



County Waste Characterization Studies





Contact Information

Hawaii Department of Health
Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch
2827 Waimano Home Road #100
Pearl City, HI 96782
Ph. (808) 586-4226
Fax (808) 586-7509


Lane Otsu
[email protected]