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[GreenYes] Zero Waste Big Island of Hawaii -THE NEXT STEP COMMUNITY MEETINGS SET FOR SEPT


 

RECYCLE HAWAI`I

 

PRESS RELEASE

For Further Information:

Contact Robyn Skudlarek; 889-0992

robyn@no.address

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

DEALING WITH OUR ISLAND’S RUBBISH – THE NEXT STEP

COMMUNITY MEETINGS SET FOR SEPTEMBER

 

 

Hilo, Hawai`i – August 25, 2008 - The Big Island has a rubbish problem, which is fast becoming a crisis.  The Hilo landfill will be completely full in the next 2-4 years. Before that happens, it is important that our communities come together and discuss solutions to this complex problem – a problem that impacts every resident as well as those who come here to visit.

 

 A possible solution, one that was endorsed by a majority of the Hawai’i County Council in October 2007, is to develop a plan based on the concepts of Zero Waste. Though Zero Waste has many aspects, its primary goal is to find better uses for the materials that we usually take to the landfill - with the aim of reducing waste to as close to zero as possible.  HI5 and mixed-bin recycling is clearly part of that effort, but so is keeping green waste and compostable items out of the landfill, creating more reuse opportunities for clothing, household goods, and building supplies, reducing packaging and transport costs by purchasing food from local farmers, and making it more convenient for island residents to properly dispose of hazardous and electronic waste.

 

During the month of September, residents will have many opportunities to learn about Zero Waste through a series of community forums.  Zero Waste experts Richard Anthony Associates from San Diego will facilitate these forums. The goals are to provide information about Zero Waste, to bring stakeholders, such as recyclers, haulers, farmers, and associated businesses, together with interested citizens in order to share information and ideas, and ultimately,

to develop a plan of action for Hawai’i County. 

 

You can attend a public meeting at any of the following locations; some meetings have a particular emphasis, but all are welcome. 

 

Kona – Meetings from 6:00-8:00pm

September 8 and 10: The Mayor’s Office Conference Room (behind the Big Island Grill)

September 9:  Liquor Commission Conference Room; 75-5722 Hanama Place  #1107

  September 8:  Reuse & Recycling, Special Discards

  September 9:  Education and Policy

  September10:  Organics 

 

‘Our Island’s Rubbish’ press release page 2

 

 

Waimea

September 11: Thelma Parker Library

6:00-8:00pm

All key players and interested community members

 

Kapa’au, North Kohala

September 12: Old Kapa`au Courthouse/Senior Center (located next to the Kamehameha statue) 6:00-8:00pm

All key players and interested community members

 

Kohala Coast

September 13:  Zero Waste Conference at Mauna Lani – Public Session

9:00am-Noon

Any interested party

 

Hilo

September 15:  Mokupapapa Discovery Center, 308 Kamehameha Avenue

5:00-7:00pm

Reuse & Recycling

 

Pahoa

September 17:  B&B at 13-3775 Kalapana Highway

5:00-7:00pm

Organics

 

Hilo - both meetings held at Naniloa Volcanoes Resort ( Kilohana Room)  from 5:00-7:00pm

  September 18:  Special Discards

  September 19:  Education & Policy

 

In addition to the public meetings, a Zero Waste conference, sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Hawaii Island Economic Development Board, is being held at the Mauna Lani Hotel and Bungalows from September 11-13.  Along with Richard  Anthony Associates, Zero Waste experts Professor Gunter Pauli, Paul Connett PhD, Neil Seldman PhD, and Richard Flammer will be presenting. Representatives from Hawai’i County will also be in attendance, offering the perspective of our local government. For more information about the conference, contact HIEDB at 935-2180 or visit: www.hiedb.org/zero-waste-conference-2008

 

Community meetings are brought to you by the County of Hawai`i, Councilman Bob Jacobson, and Recycle Hawai'i.  For more information, call 969-2012 or go to Recycle Hawai'i’s website at www.recyclehawaii.org.

 

 

 
Ricanthony@no.address
RichardAnthonyAssociates.com
San Diego, California




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