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CITY TARGETS YOUTH TO STEP UP RECYCLING

 

(Mon., March 28, 2011) The City's Department of Environmental Services is gearing up for Earth Month with two new recycling activity books for children, which will be presented in conjunction with the Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HTY) production of WHERE DO THINGS GO? and the City's traveling show SORT IT OUT!

 

         "Stepping up our recycling efforts will benefit our communities both environmentally and economically," Mayor Peter Carlisle said. "The blue cart recyclables are generating approximately $100,000 per month to the City. That's $1.2 million anticipated for this fiscal year to offset operating costs and reduce the burden on taxpayers. It's essential to get everyone involved with recycling, and we think kids can help spread the word."

 

         The WHERE DO THINGS GO? Coloring Activity Book is based on the HTY story about Kevin who learns to sort trash into the blue, green and gray carts. The animated carts reward Kevin for his efforts with recycled gifts. The book is aimed at grades K-3.

 

         The OPALA IQ BOOK is a fun tool to teach students and families how to become more opala akamai. The book includes a word finder and crossword puzzle, while guiding the reader through the concepts about reducing waste to landfills and how we benefit from recycling and waste-to-energy. A take-home, pull-out section allows readers to share the lesson with their families. This book is geared for 5th grade and up.

 

         HTY's show will reach more than 20,000 students, grades K-3, and their teachers from March 21 through May 21. Its opening night performance is on April 1 and the public shows will run Saturdays, from April 2 through May 7.

 

         The City's SORT IT OUT! show is booked at 30 schools, April 4 through May 27, and will reach more than 10,000 students and teachers. In this entertaining mash-up of song, dance and theater, students will learn the dos and don'ts of recycling, the ins and outs of the 3-cart collection system, and encouraged them to get their entire family on-board with recycling. Powerhouse performers Jonathan Sypert and Kealoha created the show along with scriptwriter Michael Wurth. 

 

SORT IT OUT Shows                          Date 

Ewa Makai Middle School                    April 4
                                                                          

Kahaluu Elementary                               April 5
                                                                          

Kahuku High                                           April 6
                                                                          

Waikele Elementary                               April 7
                                                                          

Kaahumanu Elementary                          April 8
                                                                          

Pearl City Highlands Elementary           April 8
                                                                          

Fern Elementary                                     April 11
                                                                        

Linapuni Elementary                              April 11
                                                                        

Salt Lake Elementary                             April 12
                                                                        

Niu Valley Middle School                     April 13
                                                                        

Palolo Elementary                                  April 14
                                                                        

Kapunahala Elementary                          April 19
                                                                        

Iroquois Point Elementary                      April 20
                                                                        

Farrington High School                          April 21
                                                                        

Sunset Beach Elementary                       April 25
                                                                        

Voyager Charter School                         April 26
                                                                        

Kawananakoa Intermediate                    May 2
                                                                           

Ala Wai Elementary                               May 5
                                                                           

Liholiho Elementary                               May 6
                                                                           

Waikiki Elementary                                May 9
                                                                           

Mae Mae Elementary                             May 11
                                                                         

Kahala Elementary                                 May 12
                                                                         

Wilson Elementary                                 May 12
                                                                         

Kamilioki Elementary                            May 16
                                                                         

Waianae Elementary                              May 17
                                                                         

St. Elizabeth School                               May 18
                                                                         

Kapolei Middle School                          May 19
                                                                         

Nanakuli Elementary                              May 19
                                                                         

Webling Elementary                               May 23
                                                                         

Maunawili Elementary                           May 27
                                                                      

 

The recycling activity books are online at www.opala.org in the Learning Center.

 

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