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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 9, 2003
               

 

CITY FORMS COALITION TO ADDRESS PROBLEM OF UNLAWFUL DUMPING ON OAHU

           Mayor Jeremy Harris has announced the formation of an island-wide coalition to address the problem of unlawful dumping on Oahu.  Organizations and individuals wishing to join the coalition and the fight against dumping are invited to attend an organizational meeting at the City offices in Kapolei at 1000 Uluohia Street on Monday, October 13, from 6-7 p.m.

           “Illegal dumping of any kind is simply intolerable in our community, especially when you consider the range of refuse collection services available on our island,” the Mayor said.  “We’re urging individuals, community groups and environmental organizations to work with the City to deal with a serious problem that is causing a blight on our island ecosystems.”

           Following the kick-off meeting on October 13, participants are invited to attend a daylong workshop on Monday, October 27, "Fostering Sustainable Behavior: Getting People to Do the Right Thing," presented by Dr. Doug McKenzie-Mohr, an internationally renowned expert in community-based social marketing.  In addition, Dr. McKenzie-Mohr will lead a special half-day session on October 28 for coalition members, where the tools and strategies to address illegal dumping will be discussed in greater detail.   Registration for the October 27 workshop is open to all.  The half-day session on the 28th is for coalition members.

           By coordinating efforts to address illegal dumping and littering, the City hopes to promote greater awareness of the tremendous work community and environmental groups have already done to protect watersheds, conduct cleanups and educate the public.  The formation of the coalition will serve to provide greater support and resources to these groups, by establishing a central hotline, fielding public calls, coordinating responses, and developing a community education and enforcement campaign. 

           A number of organizations have already begun generating ideas for the coalition.  They include the Sierra Club, The Hawaii Nature Center, the University of Hawaii Sea Grant Extension Program, and the Windward Ahupuaa Alliance (coordinators of the Kapaa Quarry Road "Bust-a-Dumper" campaign).  Representatives from these groups will appear on the Mayor’s Report, airing tonight on Olelo Channel 54, at 7:00 pm.

          Call 692-5410 for more information.  Information and workshop registration is also available online, at www.opala.org.

 

 

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Friday, October 10, 2003

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