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Keep momentum for glass recycling


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 31, 2014

~~<p>The disruption of a convenient recycling system that has prevented tons of glass from ending up in Oahu's landfill was years in the making, and it's a shame that the state failed to step up to cover a predictable funding gap. State, county and industry officials must work together now to quickly forge a financially sustainable solution.</p>
<p>In the interim, restaurants and bars are throwing away nondeposit wine and liquor bottles that recycling companies previously would have collected and shipped to the mainland for reuse. (The disrupted program dealt with nondeposit glass containers not covered by the state's HI-5 recycling program, which continues unabated; residential customers who discard glass and plastic in curbside blue bins also are unaffected.)</p>
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The disruption of a convenient recycling system that has prevented tons of glass from ending up in Oahu's landfill was years in the making, and it's a shame that the state failed to step up to cover a predictable funding gap. State, county and industry officials must work together now to quickly forge a financially sustainable solution.

In the interim, restaurants and bars are throwing away nondeposit wine and liquor bottles that recycling companies previously would have collected and shipped to the mainland for reuse. (The disrupted program dealt with nondeposit glass containers not covered by the state's HI-5 recycling program, which continues unabated; residential customers who discard glass and plastic in curbside blue bins also are unaffected.) Login for more...



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