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October 26, 2007

Release No. M-111-07

 

CURBSIDE RECYCLING UPDATE 

 

Mayor Mufi Hannemann announced today that preparations for the city’s curbside recycling project are in their final stages in anticipation of next week’s launch of a pilot program in the communities of Mililani and Hawaii Kai.

“We look forward to the start of our new curbside pilot project,” Hannemann said.  “We’re hopeful people will participate in this convenient service that the city will provide.”

Instructional brochures were attached to the inside of recycling bins at delivery to each participating home.  Next week, Mililani begins with the blue bin and Hawaii Kai begins with the green bin on their first recycling days.  The following week, residents of Mililani will set out their green bins, and Hawaii Kai the blue bins.  The pilot project calls for the communities to continue to alternate weekly thereafter.

The first collection of mixed recyclables will take place in Mililani on Thursday.  That means people in Mililani will have their regular trash pickup on  Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in their gray bins, and their second collection will be of blue bins on Thursday (for the Monday-Thursday schedule), Friday (for the Tuesday-Friday schedule) and Saturday (for the Wednesday-Saturday schedule).

All of Hawaii Kai is on a Wednesday-Saturday schedule, so residents will have their regular trash collection on Wednesday.  And on Saturday, the city will be collecting green waste in the green bins that have been distributed.

“We will continue twice a week trash collection through the holiday season and the end of the year,” Mayor Hannemann said, “to give people a two-month period to get used to sorting recyclables into their blue and green bins.”

Beginning the week of January 7th, there will be no second-day refuse pickup in either Mililani or Hawaii Kai.  Subject to approval by the City Council, Mililani residents will have an option of paying for a third weekly collection for refuse for a $10 per month fee.  Hawaii Kai residents will be asked to work within the simpler system of twice weekly collection, one for trash and one for recyclables.  The city will compare results from each community.

Both communities may request additional green bins for green waste and an additional gray bin to accommodate large volumes of non-recyclable refuse to be collected on the regularly-scheduled trash pickup day at no charge.

“I encourage residents to go online at www.opala.org to view monthly calendars that contain all the information they need to make this curbside project successful.  We will also have city recycling staff members available to assist and to answer questions by phone at 768-3200,” Hannemann said.  “We are responding to the wishes of Honolulu voters who said they want the city to put into place a curbside program, and we are looking forward to the people in Hawaii Kai and Mililani to help make it work so that we can eventually take the project islandwide.”

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Friday, October 26, 2007

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