A bill banning the use of nearly all plastic plates, forks, knives and other food service items on Oahu was passed Wednesday by the Honolulu City Council, but there’s sharp disagreement about whether there will be enough nonplastic replacement goods available at a reasonable price when the prohibition takes full effect in 2022.

Chris Yankowski, president of Triple F Distributing, said both the nonplastic replacement products and the material used to make them are in short supply and could drive up packaging costs for restaurants and other food service companies by at least 30%, costs that would be passed on to their customers.

But David Pang, owner of Malama Eco Products and no relation to the reporter, said the nonplastic products are, and will continue to be, in ample supply and that any increase in price caused by converting from plastics will be negligible.



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