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Reynolds Recycling centers closed over delayed state payments

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 11:01 a.m. HST, Jun 26, 2014


All 35 Reynolds Recycling centers in the state are closed on Thursday because the state is behind on payments to the island's largest beverage container recycler.

Bruce Iverson, the Director of Marketing and Development for Reynolds Recycling, said the redemption centers will reopen as soon as the state pays the company.

Gary Gill, deputy director of environmental health for the state Department of Health, said:  "Our payment to recyclers is usually made within 10 days of receiving a proper claim. This month, the payment to Reynolds was delayed by a few days.  We expect to make the payment by the end of this week, still well within the 30-day payment schedule provided by law."

For the past 10 years under the state's HI-5 recycling program, Reynolds pays consumers for the cans and bottles they recycle and the company turns to the state for reimbursement. 







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gsc wrote:
What a Joke.....
on June 26,2014 | 10:29AM
loquaciousone wrote:
What happened to abercrombie's budget surplus? I bet the state no mo money to pay and is waiting until the next fiscal year's money becomes available.
on June 26,2014 | 10:32AM
honopic wrote:
So, until the state pays Reynolds Recycling what is owed them, I guess we can take all those bottles and cans that have been piling up and drop them off at the Department of Health, 1250 Punchbowl St. Just leave 'em - no sense wait around for your 5c back!
on June 26,2014 | 10:48AM
PMINZ wrote:
Gee is that why Abercromby claims the sate has a surplus? They just don't pay the bills.
on June 26,2014 | 11:06AM
LKK56 wrote:
By postponing payments to the new fiscal year which starts on July 1, 2014, the surplus for the year end June 30, 2014 will be higher - just in time for the election season. It is all "smoke and mirrors".
on June 26,2014 | 11:46AM
pridon wrote:
State collects 6 cents, takes a cut and can't afford to write Reynolds a check. What a joke. No wonder CNBC rates Hawaii the 49th best state for business or the other way around, the second worst state. Only job creation is railroads and condos for the rich. Vote out all incumbents.
on June 26,2014 | 11:06AM
KaneoheSJ wrote:
There are many issues regarding the "tax" on bottles and cans. For one, many do not have the space in their apartments to collect these materials for redemption. This is an outright discrimination on those who can't afford a nice big home to keep their bottles and cans. And for those who cannot afford to own a car, they have to walk all the way to the recycling collection centers. You cannot bring these things on the bus. This tax definitely discriminates against those who are poor. Yes, even the poor have the right to partake in bottled water and soft drinks. Another issue here is that as we bring these recyclables to the collection center we are emitting more carbon through gas. How is that being "green"? Also, at the cost of gas being high, does the state reimburse us for the cost of transporting these recyclables? No. By the time you get your some of your "tax" back you have to pay for the cost of the pump. By then, your already shrinking budget has shrunk considerably more. That's the way this state is, "tax, tax, tax" until there is nothing left in our pockets. If you are rich, that okay because you'll still be fine. But if you're struggling, forget about it. Unless you are one of the many on the dole who couldn't care less as it is not your hard-earned money to begin with.
on June 26,2014 | 11:16AM
juscasting wrote:
I'm a true believer of mandatory recycling programs for this same reason. I save all my green bottles and water bottles, recycle them, only to buy more green bottles after I've sweated in front of the recycling center for about an hour!
on June 26,2014 | 11:29AM
Dolphin743 wrote:
Don't forget that we also have recycling containers at our houses whose pickup is paid for by our tax dollars, so it seems silly to also have a deposit system...Everyone should just put them in the blue containers! End the deposit!
on June 26,2014 | 12:28PM
toad103410 wrote:
You have brought out so many points that I never thought about. Thanks.
on June 26,2014 | 01:54PM
kauai wrote:
Just terminate this bottle tax. It's just a bureaucracy-creating scheme to extract more money out of the public. Educating people about recycling has more profound and longer lasting results. But I guess that's harder to do and too logical....
on June 26,2014 | 11:27AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Anyone believe the State on this one? Why would Reynolds take the drastic step of shutting down their business if the State payment was not delayed longer that the month Gary Gill is claiming? Sounds like there is more to this than meets the eye.
on June 26,2014 | 11:37AM
nalogirl wrote:
So the state hasn't paid them with the money that the state has already "stolen" from the taxpaying citizens, and people truly want to have a plastic bag fee of 5 cents? The state has yet to do an accounting of the money collected for the bottle tax, just think of the millions of dollars that have been "lost." Now if the SA had any integrity they would investigate this fiasco.
on June 26,2014 | 11:45AM
dogchow wrote:
There is NO accountability when Gary Gill is involved. He is consistent in this area. He raises the fees, doesn't know where the money goes, so he raises fees again! This action by Reynolds should not be a surprise to anyone. Gary Gill needs to be removed from his position. Try using these management and leadership skills in the real world and see what happens.
on June 26,2014 | 11:58AM
iwanaknow wrote:
The homeless in my area are mad that Reynold's Bank is not open today......how are they going to survive with no money?
on June 26,2014 | 12:15PM
richierich wrote:
Let the homeless suffer. That's the best thing that came out of this.
on June 26,2014 | 02:39PM
mick96734 wrote:
I think Hawaii would be better off without the beverage container tax. With the City's automated pickups being done every 2 weeks, it doesn't make sense anymore to continue the tax and redemption process. In addition to saving the State money by not having to have a staff to process receipts from retailers and then to dispense funds to the redemption centers, let free enterprise take over the process. I don't think we will have the litter problem that the government uses to justify the program. The recyclers can once again assume the responsibility of "purchasing" the aluminum cans. Those that don't want to place their aluminum cans in the recycling bins can donate them to their schools or others who want to turn in the aluminum for cash. I think Hawaii has always been good at recycling. We don't need the tax and redemption to incent us!
on June 26,2014 | 12:50PM
samidunn wrote:
Keep Voting for those democrats.
on June 26,2014 | 01:42PM
fiveo wrote:
The deposit charges that the state collects is just one big scam. Prior to the deposit charge becoming law, the recyclers were paying for the bottles and cans and doing just fine without the State getting involved. This program being run by the State (health dept) needs oversight which I believe a recent audit said was not being done and the health dept had no idea of how many cans and bottles were actually being recycled and paying these guys such as Reynolds on an honor system. Dumb way to run a program. Whose watching the fox guarding the hen house??
on June 26,2014 | 02:00PM
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