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State slammed for poorly run glass disposal fee program

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A state audit is rebuking the state Department of Health for poorly enforcing and mismanaging funds of a statewide glass recovery program.

The program, called the Advance Disposal Fee, requires manufacturers, importers, and distributers of glass containers in Hawaii to pay a 1.5-cent per container fee.

ADF is separate from the state’s Deposit Beverage Container program, which places a 5-cent redeemable deposit on beverage containers that consumers can return for a refund.

The audit criticizes the Health Department for not establishing program goals or adopting program guidance through rule-making, what the report called “basic administrative responsibilities.”

The audit said the state’s solid waste disposal goals are outdated and the glass program lacks performance goals tied to a clear mission.

“As a result, it is unclear what the glass ADF program is supposed to accomplish and how to measure its progress,” the report said.

It is the first of two reports. A second report will examine local alternatives to shipping glass containers out of Hawaii for recycling.

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