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CITY AIMS FOR HIGHER PARTICIPATION IN RECYCLING PROGRAM
(Mon., Nov. 14, 2011) – The City and
The Cascadia Consulting Group helped the City collect and analyze data on the amounts of green waste and mixed recyclables still being disposed, which is essential information for assessing the potential of the recycling program. The program’s objectives are to increase recovery rates of recyclable materials as well as decrease contamination (unacceptable materials in recycling carts).
“We’d like to move to a 75 percent recovery rate,” said Tim Steinberger, director of the City’s Department of Environmental Services (ENV).
The City began its curbside recycling program in November 2007 with pilot programs in Mililani and Hawaii Kai and completed island-wide implementation in May 2010. The system recovered and recycled more than 71,000 tons (53,000 tons of green waste and 18,000 tons of mixed recyclables) last year.
“The curbside recycling program has a green waste capture rate of 77 percent, which is impressively high,” Steinberger said. “We want to increase the capture rates for the mixed recyclables from 52 to 75 percent, to be on par with some of the nation’s greenest communities.”
By reaching 75 percent, the City would divert an additional 8,000 tons from the landfill and increase its revenue return by more than $500,000 annually.
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Market research will assess community behavior related to the curbside program and the City will use the results to adjust the program to increase public participation. The survey information will also be used to develop a public education campaign aimed at improving day-to-day recycling and waste disposal behaviors.
For a copy of the report, go to www.opala.org and click on Resource Library, Technical Studies.
Contact: Tim Steinberger, ENV Director, 768-3486