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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   October 18, 2005

Release M-82






Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced the City will hold an unprecedented “Discover Recycling Fair” on November 4, 5 and 6 at the Blaisdell Center Arena.

The free event will provide a plethora of information about recycling plus entertainment, prizes and live music. A wide range of displays and demonstrations will offer information about recycling, art created from trash, recycled produces and ways to organize a recycling program.

“Despite the best efforts of many in our City, we are still not doing enough as a community to practice recycling. We can and should do more,” Hannemann said. “This fair demonstrates our administration’s commitment to recycling. A major component of the fair will be education, because we cannot afford to keep dumping our opala in landfills. We hope to teach the keiki of Oahu the value of recycling for them and for future generations, for indeed, recycling should be everyone’s business.”

Recycle Hawaii Teacher Kits, which include curriculum guides, videos, slide shows, interactive CDs and national and local recycling information, have been distributed to every school on Oahu.

The Discover Recycling Fair will be open to the public:

·       1 to 5 p.m. Friday, November 4.

·       9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, November 5.

·       10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, November 6.

The fair opens Friday morning, when more than 2,000 students from 20 Oahu schools are scheduled to attend. Each student will receive an Opala IQ Booklet that will guide them to through the fair and will teach them about recycling. Jack Johnson and Henry Kapono will perform for the students.

On Saturday and Sunday, the first 500 people to visit the fair will receive free Meadow Gold ice cream. Entertainment will be provided by groups including Jerry Santos & Friends, Mr. Recycling and the Trashers and Brother Noland.

A HI5 recycling site will be set up in the parking lot near the Blaisdell box office. People can turn in HI5 cans and bottles and designate a favorite school to receive the proceeds. Everyone who drops off containers there will be entered to win a family trip for four to Disneyland, courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines and Non-Stop Travel. The winning name will be drawn at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The fair will also provide students with project ideas they can take back to their school, community and home. Classes and students can submit their projects to earn rewards including bags made out of recycled plastic bottle and free coupons, CDs and other items.

As part of the City’s ongoing commitment to recycling in the schools and the long-term success of the white recycling bins now located at many Oahu school campuses,  Mayor Hannemann also announced that Honolulu Recovery Systems will be giving $150,000 back to the schools.

Suzie Say of Honolulu Recovery Systems presented a ceremonial “check” to Board of Education Chair Breene Harimoto to symbolize that commitment. The company will make the actual payments in coming months.




Eric Takamura,   Director of Environmental Services, 692-5159

Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

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