Posted by: opala808 | January 5, 2012

Tour de Trash 2012

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FREE tour series presented by the City and County of Honolulu

SIGN UP for an exciting bus tour of Oahu’s trashier side. And be quick, seats are limited and the tours will book rapidly following next week’s newspaper ad.

Register by phone: 768-3200.

Click here for more information about this award-winning educational program, now in its 14th year, and to take a virtual tour online.

Choose from the four scheduled tours below. Teachers and non-profits may call for more information on arranging custom tours.

WastewaterTour 1: Wastewater Management

Thursday, February 16, 2012,
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Start-finish: Kapolei Hale

If you’ve wondered what happens to all the stuff you wash down the drain or flush down the toilet, you’ll find the answers here. The day begins with a very cool demonstration by Collection System Maintenance (CSM)that shows first-hand how sewer pipes are serviced and maintained using a robotic closed-circuit TV camera and Vactor truck. Then on tothe Honouliuli Wastewater Treatment Plant, where 25 million gallons per day of sewage are treated through screens, filters and clarifiers which clean and separate liquids from solids. The tour moves over to the Honouliuli Water Reclamation Facility, where the Board of Water Supply further processes the waste “water” portion into clean water, used for irrigation. At the Sand Island Wastewater Treatment Plant you’ll be taken into the central control room where the entire island’s wastewater treatment operations are monitored using a high-tech, computerized SCADA system. Then over to the Synagro Hawaii operations, where the sewage sludge is processed into fertilizer pellets.

Tour 2: Recycling & Waste Processors

Saturday, May 12, 2012,
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Start-finish: Kapolei Hale

 Tour the H-POWER waste-to-energy plant, which processes over 500,000 tons of Oahu’s waste annually, reducing volume by 90% and generating 7% of our island’s electricity. H-POWER extracts virtually 100% of the metals from the mixed waste for recycling. Take a close look at the environmental protections employed by today’s modern landfill at the Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill operated by Waste Management, including complex liner and leachate catchment systems and methane recovery.Hawaiian Earth Products will showcase its grinder, windrow processing and Menehune Magic line of compost products. RRR Recycling Services will show the sort line and processing operations for the curbside mixed recyclables collection and their HI-5 RVM (Reverse Vending Machine) redemption center. 

Tour 3: Recycling & Waste Processors

Thursday, August 9, 2012,
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Start-finish: Kapolei Hale

 Our most popular tour bears repeating. See description detail for Tour 2. Plus, we add a visit to see mountains of metal at Schnitzer Steel Hawaii, wherecars, refrigerators, and demolition materials are shredded and processed for shipment.

Tour 4: Green Business Recycling

Thursday, November 15, 2012,
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Start-finish: The Kahala Hotel and Resort

 See the exemplary recycling program, including mixed-materials recycling systems and worm composting at The Kahala Hotel and Resort. Learn about the broad commitment to the 3 R’s at Whole Foods MarketGyotaku Japanese Restaurantwill show you how they go above and beyond to run an efficient kitchen with the 3R’s, recycling cardboard, food waste and cooking oils, and offering reusable chopsticks. The Hard Rock Café will take you behind the scenes to show how dumpsters were replaced with a comprehensive recycling center for food waste, glass and cardboard. On the loading dock of Honolulu Hale, you’ll also see how the City has set up office paper recycling systems for its administrative buildings. Reservations preference for this tour will be given to Hawaii Green Business Program participants.

Additional Tour Information: Tour participation is free. Space is limited, and reservations will be made on a first-come basis. Please consider your reservation a binding agreement to attend. A no-show is a seat we could have given to another participant. Tour includes round trip site-to-site transportation. Tour does not include lunch or parking expenses. Anticipate $7-$15 for lunch — or you can brown bag it. The bus will stop in a lunch-friendly area. Parking is free at Kapolei Hale and at the Kahala Hotel with validation. Tour schedule times are approximate. Please arrive at the start location 15-20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Tour sites are subject to change.

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