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PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY BRYANT FUKUTOMI / BFUKUTOMI@STARADVERTISER.COM The state collects more than $50 million a year — 6 cents per container — to pay for Hawaii’s Beverage Container Deposit Program, but expenses often exceed what is collected. Consumers pay the recycling fee when they purchase drinks but get 5 cents per container back if they return the containers to a redemption center.
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM Hawaii’s recycling rate has shot up to average roughly
75 percent over the past four years, but the popularity of the state’s beverage container recycling program has also left it struggling to generate enough revenue. Bruce Iverson, director of marketing and development for Reynolds Recycling, stands next to bales of aluminum cans at Reynolds’ plant on Sand Island.