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Universal Recycling: Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA

Honolulu County, Hawaii

Honolulu County must provide curbside recycling to all residents. Yard waste and mixed recyclables are collected. Businesses are required to recycle certain materials based on their business type.

Action(s) Taken

  • Recycling Policies

Population

980,000

Summary

Honolulu County must provide curbside recycling to all residents. Carts are used to collect yard waste and mixed recyclables. Businesses are required to recycle certain materials based on their business type.

Overview of Recycling Requirements

Honolulu County residents receive a green cart for yard trimmings and a blue cart for recycling mixed paper and containers. As of 2012, more than 160,000 single-family homes were in the program. The remaining 20,000 households were not able to be serviced by automated trucks and will be rolled into a semi-automated system.

In the green carts, the county collects grass, tree and hedge trimmings, and Christmas trees. Food waste may be added in a second phase. Mixed recyclables include white and colored office paper, newspaper, corrugated cardboard, glass bottles and jars, aluminum cans, and plastic bottles coded #1 and #2.

The county also requires businesses to recycle certain materials based on their business type, including glass containers at liquor-serving establishments, office paper at office buildings, and food waste from food generators. City agencies must also recycle printed paper and containers.

Implementation and Enforcement

County recycling specialists inspect green and blue carts for compliance and tag containers to educate residents if materials are not sorted properly. The team also tracks the quantity of materials collected and overall quality.

The public works director can adopt rules for implementation, administration and enforcement of a recycling program, may contract with a private entity to sort recyclable materials, and may establish incentive programs to encourage island-wide recycling.

Results

The county is capturing 77% of its green waste from residents but only 52% of recyclables. By increasing the recovery of recyclables from households to 75%, the county could raise an additional $500,000 in revenue from the sale of materials and decreasing waste to landfills.

Downloads

Curbside Recycling Program Evaluation and Strategic Planning in Honolulu County

More Information

Department of Environmental Services, Honolulu County – 3 Cart Refuse/Recycling Collection

Instructional Videos for Recycling in Honolulu County

Curbside Recycling Collection, Honolulu County

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