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Mark Smith, editor

 

   

Beverage container law receives mixed reactions

New Year’s Day traditionally represents a new beginning and a fresh start for the coming year. Many people set goals and make resolutions in anticipation of a better future. Similarly, the state of Hawai‘i embarked on the year 2005 with a new law in an effort to better Hawai‘i’s environment. Effective Jan. 1, the Hawai‘i Deposit Beverage Container Law was implemented by the Hawai‘i State Department of Health.

 

 

Beware the gift of plastic

If you are given a retail gift card, and you put it in a desk drawer and come across it a year later, it’s likely to be worthless. That is because many gift cards expire and once they do, your money disappears. If the store allows a replacement of an expired card, the replacement will likely carry a fee of $5 to $10.

 

How 'creditable' are you?

As of Dec. 1, 2004, Hawai‘i became one of several states in which residents are able to obtain free credit reports from three major credit bureaus. Ordering credit reports was normally a service that credit bureaus charge for, but thanks to a 2003 federal law this service is free to all Hawai‘i consumers.

 
 
 

 

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