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ISLAND-WIDE CURBSIDE RECYCLING STARTS NOV. 3

 

         The City’s Department of Environmental Service implements the first of four phases of its island-wide rollout of the curbside recycling program starting Monday, Nov. 3.

         Approximately 39,000 homes on the North Shore (Mokuleia to Sunset), and in East Honolulu (Kuliouou to Manoa, Kapahulu) and Kailua (including Lanikai) join the pilot communities of Mililani and Hawaii Kai in the automated pickup of refuse, recyclables and green waste.

         For most households, current collection days remain the same – Monday/Thursday, Tuesday/Friday or Wednesday/Saturday.  A few neighborhoods change collection days.

            A two-month transition period allows residents to adjust to the new system.  Twice-weekly refuse collection continues along with the added recycling pickup.  This gives residents time to get used to sorting recyclable material into the blue and green carts and to determine if additional carts are needed.

         Beginning the week of Jan. 12, 2009, the second refuse pickup will be eliminated.  Refuse will be collected once per week and recycling will be collected once per week, alternating weekly between mixed recyclables (blue cart) and green waste (green cart).

         The instructional brochure is attached to the inside of blue carts for homes in East Honolulu, and inside green carts for Kailua and the North Shore communities.  In addition, information about collection schedules and tips for sorting can be found online at www.opala.org.  City recycling specialists are available to assist with questions and requests for additional carts at 768-3200.

 

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Contact:

Markus Owens, ENV Public Communications Officer, 768-3454

Friday, October 31, 2008

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