Curbside recycling in the City and County of Honolulu

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The Honolulu City Council passed a bill that set deadlines for curbside recycling in the county. The Hannemann administration has been balking at starting curbside recycling of items other than green waste because of the cost.

A bill to have Waimanalo Gulch landfill, the sole landfill for the island of Oahu, close on May 1, 2008 passed the Honolulu City Council but was vetoed by Mayor Hannemann in February 2006, blunting the need to implement curbside recycling by the Hannemann administration.


Deadlines set by the City Council

  • By July 1, 2007, the administration must carry out curbside recycling that includes two of the following: glass containers, newspapers, plastic containers, green waste or food waste.
  • By July 1, 2008, the administration must have a program to pick up four of the five types of waste. [1]

Using HPower is a form of recycling?

In a Honolulu Star-Bulletin article dated August 26, 2006, Crystal Kua reported on the Hannemann administrations take on Bill 72 that was passed in February:

"When (the Council) put together that ordinance, they thought that in order to recycle like paper and plastic, the only way to recycle would be to separate them out ... and get them to someone who could recycle the paper and plastic to other paper products or other plastic products," said Eric Takamura, director of the city Department of Environmental Services. "But when we recycle by sending it to HPOWER and combusting it and using the heat to produce electricity, we had a discussion that because that is a form of recycling, we're already doing curbside recycling for (plastic and newspaper)."
Takamura said the city currently picks up a third recyclable item -- green waste -- curbside in a separate automated collection and turns it into compost, which also fulfills the law. Now to fully comply with the law, the city need only decide which of the remaining two items -- glass and food waste -- to pick up, and come up with a plan on how to do it by the 2008 deadline.
Djou said he believes the intent of the new law was to mandate separate curbside pickup for the four items for recycling.
"I don't think there was any misunderstanding when we passed this bill," Djou said, "so I think they're going back on it. What they're talking about here now is something entirely different of what we passed." [2]

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Closing of Waimanalo Gulch landfill

  • Kua, Crystal. City Council sets landfill deadline -- The vote to close the site at Waimanalo Gulch by 2008 upsets the mayor Honolulu Star-Bulletin, February 16, 2006.
  • OUR OPINION: Council's vote reflects citizens' concern about trash THE ISSUE: The City Council has approved a bill to close the Waimanalo Gulch landfill in two years. Honolulu Star-Bulletin, February 17, 2006.
  • OUR OPINION: Leeward landfill's use should be extended THE ISSUE: Mayor Hannemann has vetoed a City Council bill that would require the city to close its principal landfill in Leeward Oahu in 2008. Honolulu Star-Bulletin, March 2, 2006.
  • Leone, Diana. Mayor's landfill veto gains support -- The bill to close the Leeward facility was originally passed 7-2 Honolulu Star-Bulletin, March 1, 2006.

Curbside recycling plan

  • Kua, Crystal. Council sets timetable for full curbside recycling -- The mayor gets two years to include most types of recyclables Honolulu Star-Bulletin, February 24, 2006.
  • OUR OPINION: Broad, islandwide recycling should not be delayed further THE ISSUE: The Hannemann administration has indicated it can implement comprehensive recycling according to the City Council's timetable. Honolulu Star-Bulletin, February 28, 2006.
  • Au, Laurie. OUR OPINION: Speed up curbside recycling to avoid shipping garbage THE ISSUE: A City Council resolution would require consideration of shipping Oahu's trash to the mainland. Honolulu Star-Bulletin, January 21, 2007.

Green waste

  • Kua, Crystal. Recycling plan would cut into trash pickup Honolulu Star-Bulletin, March 11, 2006.
  • City corrects green-waste recycling problem -- Yard trimmings were mixed with garbage at a transfer station Honolulu Star-Bulletin, April 20, 2006.
  • Kua, Crystal. Recycling mandate for green waste possible Honolulu Star-Bulletin, July 8, 2006.

HPOWER and recycling

  • Kua, Crystal. City calls HPOWER recycling -- But Councilman Djou says burning waste at HPOWER does not comply with the law Honolulu Star-Bulletin, August 26, 2006.

Curbside recycling pilot program

  • Daranciang, Nelson. Some see recycling plan as aiding environment -- Many divide garbage into nonrecyclable and green waste Honolulu Star-Bulletin, February 23, 2007.
  • Kua, Crystal. Council head opposes mayor's recycling plan -- The extra fee might cause customers to let trash pile up, she says Honolulu Star-Bulletin, February 23, 2007.
  • Au, Laurie. Isle towns to test recycling project -- Mililani and Hawaii Kai will get new pickup cycles Honolulu Star-Bulletin, September 6, 2007.
  • Au, Laurie. Pilot project causes concern in Hawaii Kai Honolulu Star-Bulletin, September 7, 2007.
  • Daranciang, Nelson. Mililani to evaluate new trash pickups Honolulu Star-Bulletin, September 7, 2007.
  • OUR OPINION Make curbside recycling pilot prelude to islandwide program THE ISSUE The city has launched a pilot program for curbside recycling in Mililani and Hawaii Kai. Honolulu Star-Bulletin, September 8, 2007.
  • Au, Laurie. Recycling project stirs interest in Hawaii Kai Honolulu Star-Bulletin, September 11, 2007.
  • Arakawa, Lynda. Honolulu to cut back recycling areas' trash days Honolulu Advertiser, Decebmer 29, 2007.
  • Au, Laurie. Recycling fervor surprises city -- Cutting free pickup of trash to once a week from twice has worked wonders, officials say Honolulu Star-Bulletin, February 7, 2008.
  • OUR OPINION: City should speed curbside recycling THE ISSUE: After the city cut trash collections, residents in Hawaii Kai and Mililani increased their recycling. Honolulu Star-Bulletin, February 10, 2008.
  • Au, Laurie. Recycling and homes lead mayor’s agenda -- Curbside recycling will arrive by 2009 in two communities -- Affordable rentals in Chinatown will fight a homeless problem Honolulu Star-Bulletin, February 22, 2008.
  • Coelho, Jeff. City Matters -- Editorial was too critical of mayor Honolulu Star-Bulletin, March 2, 2008.
  • Adamski, Mary. Recycling program grows--Curbside service will expand, and schools and public parks will get new receptacles Honolulu Star-Bulletin", April 5, 2008.
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