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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   March 29, 2007

Releast No. M-27-07 





Mayor Mufi Hannemann will hold seven community meetings on recycling throughout Oahu in April and May to gather residents' input and ideas for developing a sustainable recycling system.

The meetings will also serve as a venue for the City to present new data from comprehensive studies that analyze Honolulu's solid waste stream and its programs.


The Mayor's Community Meetings on Recycling will be held on:

Monday, April 9                      7 8:30 p.m.               Mililani Mauka Elementary
Tuesday, April 24                   7 8:30 p.m.               Kaiser High School
Wednesday, April 25              7 8:30 p.m.               Kahuku High School
Tuesday, May 8                       7 8:30 p.m.               Mission Memorial Auditorium
Thursday, May 10                   7 8:30 p.m.               Windward Community College
Monday, May 21                     7 8:30 p.m.               Kapolei Hale


            A seventh meeting, geared toward Oahu's youth, will be held on Saturday, May 12. Invitations will be extended to high school student leaders. The mayor plans to attend each meeting to personally hear residents' and students' thoughts and ideas.

"Creating a consciousness among our populace from our youth to our kupuna that we need to work toward developing a sustainable  21st Century Ahupua'a  is a noteworthy goal for Oahu," said the mayor.


"How we manage our island's waste will affect generations to come," said Hannemann. "It is important to do our homework to develop the most effective, efficient and environmentally sound plan that will produce the highest results in diverting refuse from the landfill. It is just as important to consider the bigger picture and ensure that our waste management practices contribute to our island's sustainability.

"Now that key research is being completed, we are ready to present various collection scenarios and their costs to the public while asking for constructive input. We must put our heads together and work as a team to do right for Hawaii. Oahu is our home. It's our responsibility to step up to do more to preserve our precious aina," said Hannemann.

Seattle-based management and engineering services consulting company R.W. Beck, which had been contracted by the City to conduct a series of studies on Oahu's refuse system, will present new data on Oahu's waste composition, a cost and benefit analysis of various curbside recycling options, and the comparative benefits of recycling and waste-to-energy.  R.W. Beck has worked closely with the City to analyze the components of Honolulu's refuse and take a comprehensive, third-party critical look at the effectiveness and efficiency of current and proposed programs.

 The City currently provides curbside collection of refuse twice a week, as well as green waste and bulky item collection monthly. Green waste is dropped off at City sites and composting facilities, from which free mulch is made available at sites around Oahu and compost is generated for sale at garden centers and elsewhere. White community recycling bins and HI5 redemption centers are located throughout Oahu. City convenience centers, transfer stations and the landfill are open seven days per week. Household hazardous waste drop-off days are coordinated quarterly.

             For more information on recycling in Honolulu, visit the City's Department of Environmental Services website,




Media Contacts:

            Bill Brennan, (808) 527-6928

            Mark Matsunaga, (808) 527- 5767                                                                                      

            Keith DeMello, (808) 531-0244

Friday, March 30, 2007

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