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(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 in the Learning Center.




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