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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 3, 2005
MAYOR ANNOUNCES AUTOMATED CURBSIDE PICKUP OF GREEN WASTE
Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced plans for the City Department of Environmental Services to begin curbside pickup of green waste next March in neighborhoods where blue recycling bins were distributed last year.
Homeowners would place yard cuttings, lawn clippings and other green waste in their blue bins. City automated trucks will pick up green waste from curbside bins twice a month, the day after one of their scheduled regular trash pickup days.
The service will begin on March 1 in Mililani,
The green waste will be taken to one of two composting sites operated by Hawaiian Earth Products under existing contracts and turned into mulch. That mulch would be made available free to the public.
“We plan to take this program islandwide because it will maximize our efforts to reduce our waste stream and the need for space in landfills,” said Mayor Mufi Hannemann. “Two weeks ago, I announced we were canceling plans for curbside recycling of cans and bottles and newspapers because of the likelihood of protracted legal battles over the contract. In addition, under the previous administration’s plan, the best estimate is that the City would only collect only about 20,000 tons of those ‘mixed recyclables’ out of the 1.6 million tons of waste produced on
“By recycling all of our green waste, we could potentially remove 200,000 tons from the waste stream each year. More than that, removing green waste from H-POWER would make that facility more efficient. With its high moisture content, green waste is a less-preferable fuel for the waste-to-energy plant,” said the mayor.
“Green waste recycling is what some people call a fully sustainable, closed-loop system. That is, the waste is recycled here on
“It’s all about education,” said the mayor. “The public has got to realize that recycling green waste will be the most effective way to protect the ‘aina by maximizing our use of H-POWER, reducing our need for landfills and making the best use of your tax dollars.”
Public education about the new service begins at tomorrow’s Discover Reycling Fair, a unprecedented, comprehensive gathering of information and resources about recycling. The fair runs tomorrow through Sunday at the
· Tomorrow: 1 to 5 p.m.
· Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
· Sunday : 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The United Public Workers, which represents blue-collar City workers, agreed in principle this week to the planned expansion of green waste curbside pickup.
The City currently collects bundled green waste curbside twice a month in most residential areas, which amounts to about 30,000 tons a year. The Department of Environmental Services estimates it burns or buries another 110,000 tons in residential green waste each year. Commercial haulers handle an additional 60,000 tons. Even if we recycle only three-fourths of the residential green waste on
In addition, the expanded green waste program will make use of the 50,000 blue bins purchased by the prior administration.
The City has spent $640,000 on the blue bins, which were ordered last year under a seven-year, lease-to-purchase contract. It will ultimately pay a total of approximately $2.5 million for them
“Once automated green waste pickup service begins in March, homeowners who have more green waste than will fit in a blue 64-gallon bin will also be able to use their gray, 96-gallon bins,” said Environmental Services Director Eric Takamura. “That’s because some of the trucks the City will use will be adjusted to enable them to pick up two sizes of bins.
“The cost of expanding the program this fiscal year to the neighborhoods that have blue bins will be roughly $1 million. Expanding green waste pickup islandwide will be cost about $7 million a year, “ Takamura said.
Bill Brennan, 527-6928
Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767
|Wednesday, October 11, 2006|