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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             December 29, 2006




            The City Department of Environmental Services reminds Oahu residents that some simple precautions can prevent fireworks from ruining your New Year or causing environmental problems.

            Eric Takamura, Director of Environmental Services, said:

·       Keep fireworks away from your trash: If you have fireworks activity in your neighborhood, make sure your refuse container is closed and placed out of the way.

·       After you’re done popping fireworks on New Year’s Eve, sweep up the paper and spent pyrotechnics. Don’t leave the debris on the street overnight, where it can be blown or washed into the storm drain system, where it can eventually pollute streams and shoreline waters.

·        Ensure fireworks waste is extinguished, dousing it with water if necessary, and then dispose of it in your trash container.

            “Taking these simple steps will make you an everyday environmental hero,” said Takamura.

            He also reminded Oahu residents that there will be no City refuse collection on Monday, New Year’s Day, as was previously announced. “Our collection crews only take two holidays during the year, Christmas and New Year, and we thank the public for their understanding,” said Takamura. “We wish everyone a safe, clean Happy New Year.”



      Iwalani Sato, Storm Water Quality outreach coordinator, 692-5208


Friday, December 29, 2006

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