HILO (AP) - A ban on plastic bags is set to begin Jan. 17 at all Big Island grocery stores, restaurants and other retailers.
Consumers in the past year have been paying fees for plastic bags.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald said the fee was part of a plastic-bag reduction ordinance adopted in 2011 that gave businesses a year to eliminate plastic-bag inventories.
When the ban is in place, customers will be able to use reusable bags or paper bags.
Plastic bags will still be allowed for bulk items such as nuts, fish, meat, grains, fresh produce, garments and prescription medications.