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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 6, 2006
USE OF OIL CHANGE BOXES HELPS PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT
The City Department of Environmental Services (ENV) is working with automotive businesses, government agencies and the community to increase awareness of the benefits of storm water pollution prevention and the long-term stewardship of local watersheds.
The department has launched a campaign during April, Earth Month, to inform males 18 to 35 years old about the need to discard motor oil in oil change boxes. The campaign also encourages reporting illegal dumping and volunteering in the Cityís Storm Drain Stenciling Programs, Adopt-A-Stream and Adopt-A-Block Cleanup Program. The campaign includes advertisements in the sports section of the Honolulu Advertiser on April 10, public service announcements (PSAs) on KHON, KSSN and KHUI radio, point-of-purchase displays and used motor oil tip cards at CARQUEST, CHECKER and NAPA stores on Oahu.
It is illegal to dump used motor oil, antifreeze, transmission fluid or other engine fluids on sidewalks, curbs, gutters, in a ditch or stream. That allows these pollutants to enter
Print and radio advertising will begin on April 10. Clip out the coupon in the April 10 Honolulu Advertiser and redeem the coupon at the nearest CARQUEST, CHECKER or NAPA auto parts store for a free used oil change box. The coupon must be presented at the time of purchase. The offer is valid during April 2006 or while supplies last.
Residents should also stay tuned to KCCN and KHUI on ways they can help keep used motor oil and trash out of our streams and the ocean. Follow these simple tips to prevent pollution and protect your health:
∑ Use an oil change box.
∑ Check your vehicle for drips and oil leaks regularly, and fix any you find.
∑ Clean up spills immediately
To report illegal dumping, volunteer in the Cityís Adopt-A-Stream/Adopt-A-Block Program or for information on storm water pollution prevention, call 692-5656 or go to www.cleanwaterhonolulu.com
Iwalani Sato, Department of Environmental Services, 429-4112
|Thursday, April 06, 2006|