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Hawaii County Survey Provides Insight on Public Recycling Habits, Perceptions

Living on the Big Island offers many benefits such as diverse climates, rich cultures, and unmatched views.  However, Hawai‘i County as an island with finite space poses major solid waste management and recycling challenges.With the help from the County of Hawai‘i recycling staff, County intern Taylor Reid uncovered some key trends and patterns that could lead to solving the unique recycling and solid waste management problems facing the Big Island.  Reid conducted a survey at the County’s Refuse Transfer Stations, to which 195 people responded.

  • The survey found that the top items recycled on the island were HI-5 containers, cardboard, plastics, and waste paper, where all were being recycled at a rate of roughly 70%.  It found that the least-recycled category was electronic waste at 21%, which can be recycled at various locations listed on our website: www.hawaiizerowaste.org/recycle/e-waste
  • 98% of respondents “agree” or “strongly agree” that recycling is important for Hawai‘i.
  • 91% of respondents “agree” or “strongly agree” that they try and recycle whenever possible.
  • 78% of respondents “agree” or “strongly agree” that recycling should be mandatory for Hawai‘i.
  • The survey also revealed that only 18% of transfer station users have visited www.hawaiizerowaste.org, a website dedicated in answering questions and providing information to the County regarding recycling.

Recycling and promoting sustainability is highly-regarded among all age groups and genders surveyed.

County of Hawai‘i Recycling Coordinator George Hayducsko said: “The Solid Waste Division wanted to see how the community viewed recycling, and whether current programs met the expectations of the individuals using the programs.  Taylor’s data will be useful to us in improving our program in the future.”

For more information visit www.hawaiizerowaste.org , or contact the Recycling Section of the County of Hawai‘i Department of Environmental Management at 808-961-8942

Recycle Hawai`i’s 20th Annual General Membership Meeting Saturday, July 21

Recycle Hawai’i will hold its 20th Annual General Membership meeting Saturday, July 21, at the West Hawaii Civic Center – 75-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Kailua Kona, in the Liquor Commission Conference Room, starting at 10:30 a.m.

Recycle Hawai`i members will be voting to fill several board of director positions to serve for either a one- or two-year term. A Board of Directors meeting will follow a pot luck lunch after the general membership meeting.

Guest speaker, National Park Ranger, Ida Hanohano, will give a presentation on the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail, stressing the importance of a strong connection of the land and people with the cooperation of many hands–the model of self-sufficiency that existed in Hawaii before western contact.

The public is invited to attend.

For more information, view our website: http://www.recyclehawaii.org/