Posted by: opala808 | December 8, 2017

Trash Tips for a Green Holiday Season


The holiday season brings ohana together for celebrations and gift giving.  For most households, this usually means a greater (or at least more colorful!) volume of rubbish and recyclables.  Be sure to recycle corrugated boxes from those special gifts, as well as the beverage containers from all those holiday parties.  At the end of the season, remove Christmas tree decorations and cut the tree to fit into your green cart for composting.  Trees can also be disposed at our convenience centers and transfer stations.  Trees with tinsel or flocking should be bagged and disposed in the gray cart.   More tips on how to make your holiday more green can be found on our Holiday Trash Tips page.  For disposal site information, and recycling and refuse information throughout the year, visit

Posted by: opala808 | December 8, 2017

2017 Waste Characterization Study

In August, the City’s Department of Environmental Services, Refuse Division, completed the “field work” portion of a project to assess Oahu’s entire municipal solid waste stream – all 1.2+ million tons!  During this project, more than one hundred 200-pound samples of waste were taken at City disposal sites and sorted into more than different material categories.  The goal of the study was to figure out just how much of different types of waste – plastics, paper, glass, green waste, metals and food waste – we throw away.  The results will be compared with the 2006 waste characterization study and will aid the City in the development of its 2018 Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan (ISWMP), which is currently underway.  The ISWMP will help us assess progress toward reaching our waste management and landfill diversion goals, as well as help to chart a course for future programs.  All technical studies and reports are posted online at in the Technical Studies/Reports section.

Posted by: opala808 | December 8, 2017

Recycling at ReStore’s Sustainable Saturday

On November 25, the Recycling Branch attended Sustainability Saturday in celebration of the 5th anniversary of the Habitat for Humanity ReStore reuse center at 922 Austin Lane, #C-1 from 10am-2pm.  Honolulu ReStore is a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center that sells new and gently used furniture, appliances, building materials and home accessories for a fraction of the retail price.  By encouraging reuse, especially of building material and appliances, ReStore is reducing the amount of material that needs to be disposed or recycled. ReStore

With the help of Foodland Stores, the Hawaii Farm Bureau farmers’ markets, the Makeke farmers’ markets in Waianae and Kapolei and several other partners, the City’s Recycling Branch is excited to be distributing its brand new “Bring Your Own Bag” reminder stickers throughout Oahu!

With the two year anniversary of Honolulu’s plastic bag ban fast approaching, now is a great time to be extra vigilant about REDUCING the number of bags in the waste stream by REUSING your reusable shopping bags and RECYCLING those paper bags.    BYOB stickers are vinyl, weatherproof and reusable, and are able to be stuck anywhere that will serve as a convenient reminder to bring your own reusable bag on all your shopping excursions.  Grab one from the customer service area at any of our partner locations.  You can also contact the City’s Recycling Branch at and we’ll send you some!

BYOB Foodland crop

A new version of the City’s “Food: Too Good to Waste” cookbook and food waste reduction guide is available at the locations below.  Chefs from our partner stores and restaurants contributed to the book by sharing creative tips and recipes to transform leftovers into dishes that are not only delicious, but will also help you reduce waste and save money!  Hawaii residents throw away approximately one quarter of all food and beverage purchases, which equates to about $700 in wasted food per person per year.  The guide also includes handy tools like a weekly meal planner and “Eat Me First” signs to help you manage the food in your fridge.  Visit for a digital copy and more tips and information.

Partner Restaurants, Stores and Farmers’ Markets
Beet Box – Haleiwa All Foodland and Sack N’ Save locations
Cactus – Kailua Kapiolani Community College-Saturdays & Tuesdays
Gyotaku – Pearl City, King St., Niu Valley Mililani High School – Sundays
Hula Grill – Waikiki Haleiwa Town – Sundays
Whole Foods – Kahala Blaisdell Concert Hall – Wednesdays
Makeke Kapolei – Thursdays Kailua – Thursdays
Makeke Waianae – Sundays


Posted by: opala808 | May 17, 2017

Sign up for Tour de Trash events!

The 2017 Tour de Trash series got off to a great start with the first Recyclers and Waste Processors tour in April.  If you missed the first tour, it’s not too late to sign up for the others (listed below) by calling the City’s Recycling office at 768-3200.  Seats are still available for the Wastewater tour in July and the Recyclers and Waste Processors tour on a Saturday in September.  Visit the Tour de Trash link on the homepage for the full schedule, tour descriptions and more information.

Tour de Trash upcoming dates:

Wastewater- Thursday, July 27

Green Business- Thursday, August 31 (FULLY BOOKED)

Recyclers and Waste Processors- Saturday, September 16


Posted by: opala808 | May 17, 2017

10th Annual Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo

Along with a record 4,000 participants, the City’s Recycling Branch had a great time celebrating Earth Day 2017 at the 10th annual Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo at the Waikiki Aquarium. Hosted by the City’s Stormwater Quality Branch, the fun-filled Expo included on-stage entertainment from multicultural performance artists and dancers, a Mullet fish  release and a native plant giveaway.  Government groups, environmental organizations, businesses and non-profits hosted booths with a variety of interactive educational displays.  At the Recycling booth, attendees spun the Wheel of Recycling and answered blue cart trivia questions to earn recycled pens or pencils. They also took home the ‘Where do things go?’ and Opala IQ recycling activity books, educational brochures and stickers.  Download your own copies of our activity books and informational materials at in the Media Library.  We hope to see you at next year’s Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo!

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