Park Recycling: Use It Or Lose It

Melissa Moniz
Wednesday - October 15, 2008
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A pilot recycling project began islandwide a few months ago to place HI-5 recycling bins at the largest city parks, including Central Oahu Regional Park, and Mililani and Wahiawa district parks.

The city parks staff monitors the bins to see if they’re being used properly without making more work for park custodians. (These are the round bins that have a small hole in the lid for bottles and aluminum cans.)

The initial idea was to target it in a test pattern and see where we have the biggest parks,” said city parks director Lester Chang. “We scattered about 60 to 70 around the island in high concentration areas where the containers would be semi-controlled. So what we did is put them in places where we have buildings, and that was a start.”

Using the bins has a direct impact on the decision to keep them there, or expand to other parks, he added.

Currently CORP has about six recycling bins, Mililani has two and Wahiawa has two. They are located next to regular trash bins to offer park users an easy way to dispose of their recyclable items.

“One of the concerns that my staff had when we tried to do this is the mixed trash in the recyclable containers,” said Chang. “Also, when it’s out in the open the lids don’t last, and that’s why most are inside the building. If it’s mixed trash, then it’s very labor intensive to separate.”

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