Hawaii County Spends $25,000 – $30,000 Per MONTH on Picking Garbage Out of Our Landfills

Andrew Cooper recently questioned why recycling was so behind the times here on the Big Island.

Something that I thought might expanded upon, is in a recent blog that Hunter Bishop wrote about on the recent plastic bag ban,¬† a quote within a comment that Council Lady Naeole’s Legislative Aide Tiffany Edwards Hunt made stated the following:

“…do you know the county spends about $25,000 to $30,000 a month contracting for litter pickup at the landfills?…”

I totally¬† believe this statement… it just bothers me a bit that we could be paying upwards of $360,000 per year for people/machines to be picking through our trash when we as people could have recycled the stuff to begin with.

I wonder how much other counties are paying for people to be picking up garbage… and the real question…


One Response

  1. Is that to pick up the stuff that blows around? I know this is a problem at the transfer stations, particularly Waimea, where the trades are usually quite stiff. I have often looked at the situation and been thankful I didn’t buy a house makai of Kawaihae road, downwind of the transfer station.

    Damon – I really don’t know… I’ll open up this for discussion. While it might be a stink ass job… I’d do it for $10,000 a month. ;)

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