Plastic Bag Policy

Plastic Bag Ban Policy




It has been 2 years since we’ve taken steps to further safeguard our environment with the plastic bag ban! Thank you for your cooperation. To protect our ecosystem the City and County of Honolulu rolled out the plastic bag ban effective July 1, 2015. 

What does this ban mean? According to the City & County of Honolulu, all carry-out bags provided by a business to a customer, made from non-compostable plastic, and not specifically designed and manufactured for multiple re-use are prohibited on Oahu.

We at Tamura Super Market, however, pride ourselves in having the best over-all pricing on the island, and so we continue to give our customers the option of purchasing reusable bags at our checkouts for a very low charge.  The 10 cent charge for these reusable bags does not cover their price, but in efforts to provide a low-cost bag for our shoppers, we take the loss. 

In addition to our company’s drive to keep our environment healthy, we offer our customers the option to bring their own bags and provide a 5 cent rebate on each bag used.  By purchasing and reusing our bags, customers actually net a profit on their third use! By doing so, our customers are able to do their part in saving the environment and keep a few cents off their bill.

Our deli bags are available for free, but by law, are legal only for food-service use.  

We hope that this clears up some of the confusion our customers may have regarding our bag policies. As we proceed as a business, community, and state to better our environment by eliminating plastic bags, we thank you for your continued support to build a more sustainable Hawaii! 

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