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FINAL PHASE OF ISLAND-WIDE CURBSIDE RECYCLING STARTS MAY 3

 

(Saturday, May 1, 2010) – Mayor Mufi Hannemann announced today the City’s Department of Environmental Services is set to launch the final phase of island-wide curbside recycling in several communities in West Oahu on Monday, May 3.

         “I am very pleased to see the beginning of the completion of our curbside recycling program, which began as a modest pilot program and has now grown to include 160,000 homes,” Hannemann said.  It’s important that we manage our island’s waste responsibly. Curbside recycling allows us to divert from our landfill tons of opala every year.”

      Beginning Monday, the last remaining 36,000 homes on automated collection service – Waipahu to Makaha, including West Loch, Ewa, Makakilo, Kapolei, Nanakuli and Waianae – will join the three-cart pickup of refuse, mixed recyclables and green waste.

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

         A one-month transition period with continued twice-weekly refuse pickup will provide residents with time to assimilate into the new system.

      For more information about collection schedules and tips for sorting, go online at www.opala.org or call one of the City’s recycling specialists at 768-3200.

 

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Contact:  Markus Owens, ENV Public Communications Officer, 768-3454