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White recycling bin program ends as curbside collections pick up

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:10 p.m. HST, Apr 27, 2012


Consumers will no longer be able to drop off their recyclable items at those familiar white bins in school or shopping center parking lots after June 30, the city announced today.

Signs notifying the public about the end of the community recycling program on Oahu will begin appearing on the bins this weekend by the city Department of Environmental Services.

Some drop-off bins may be taken away as early as June 15, the city said.

Ending the program is expected to save the city about $1.5 million annually.

The city said it is continuing to expand its curbside and condominium recycling efforts.

Meanwhile, Rolloffs Hawaii, which provides trash service to most of Oahu's public schools, intends to launch its own program at schools while Honolulu Disposal Service, which once held the city contract for the bins, expects to maintain the recycling bins at about 50 of the locations.

The community recycling program first began with 20 bins in 1990.

The city is discontinuing the program as more Oahu households turn to curbside recycling.

The city estimated about 70 percent of items that once went into the white bins are now going into curbside blue bins. A recent survey also showed 97 percent of households are now recycling at some level, with more than two-thirds placing 75 to 100 percent of their recyclables into blue carts, the city said.

About 160,000 Oahu homes are part of the curbside recycling program, and the city is intending to being expanding to the remaining 20,000 households this year.

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Kuahiwi wrote:
Mo'ili'ili does not have curbside recycling. II hope they will not get rid of these white bins until we all have curbside recycling.
on April 27,2012 | 12:17PM
naomiow9 wrote:
On our street, a man digs through our blue recycle bins & throws the non-HI-5 items into our gray bins;. We've tried talking to him to no avail. So I take all my items to the schools - now what am I going to do?
on April 27,2012 | 12:30PM
lee1957 wrote:
Call the police, what he is doing is against the law.
on April 27,2012 | 07:08PM
Anonymous wrote:
yeah, but by the time they come, he'll be gone
on April 28,2012 | 12:44AM
Changalang wrote:
This is just a way for the City to cut operating costs and simultaneously make sure that they will get ALL of the fees collected for every can or bottle. Watch the fee per bottle go up next. More bureaucratic distortion of the sanctity of the Green Movement for profit motive.
on April 27,2012 | 12:38PM
Anonymous wrote:
Has the MD told Carlisle yet?
on April 27,2012 | 01:08PM
postmanx wrote:
Will the city provide recycling to the vacation rentals as well. Are they considered households?
on April 27,2012 | 01:17PM
shmellycat808 wrote:
There are a lot of condos and walk-up apartments in my area (Prospect Street). What are we supposed to do??
on April 27,2012 | 01:31PM
wayam wrote:
They should also end the Hi-5 program and use the curbside recycling exclusively. The hi-5 uses so much of our resources to administer and run the program, not to mention how much fuel cost nowdays just to drive to these Hi-5 centers. My personal opinion is that it is ridiculous to have both the hi-5 and city curbside recycling going on at the same time.
on April 27,2012 | 04:00PM
Changalang wrote:
That is Phase 2, after the election.
on April 27,2012 | 06:20PM
lee1957 wrote:
Ayay men, ayay men, amen, amen!
on April 27,2012 | 07:09PM
PracticalLocal wrote:
Wouldn't it make more sense to stop this service AFTER everyone has the big bins, not beforehand? I have been recycling at the local school for 30 years and do not have a big bin; do I have to start throwing my recyclables into the trash can? I don't think that I can do that! Yet another stupid C and C idea.
on April 27,2012 | 10:32PM
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