County awards recycling, waste diversion
In Fiscal Year 2013, the Solid Waste
Division awarded $50,000 in recycling and waste diversion grants to local
those selected were: Green Hawai'i Conferences; Kalāheo Elementary School;
Kaua'i Community Recycling Services; Kaua'i Kunana Diary; Līhu'e Court
Townhomes; Storybook Theatre; and Zero Waste Kaua'i. “The county is pleased to work with
these organizations to further awareness about waste diversion, and to make
strides toward our efforts to conserve resources and reduce the impact on our
landfill,” said Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr. “This is a win/win situation for
the county and for these organizations who share similar goals.” The mayor noted that the County
Recycling Office will be tracking the projects, and expects to see benefits to
the community over time. “We’re also hoping that these
projects will become self-sustaining,” said Mayor Carvalho. During the review process, the
evaluation committee used the following criteria to make its selections:
compatibility with county goals; educational impact; measurability of success;
experience in implementing similar projects; budget feasibility; ability to
leverage other resources; and potential for self-sustainability.
The projects selected for funding
- Special events training, Zero Waste
Kaua'i, $10,000 - Under this grant, the agency will develop a comprehensive
event coordinator training package and a training video titled “How to put on a
Zero Waste Event”. In addition, Zero Waste Kaua'i will conduct training sessions
with event coordinators, and oversee a minimum of six zero waste events.
- Expansion of recycling services and
educational outreach, Kaua'i Community Recycling Services, $20,400 - The grant
will allow KCRS to expand its services at the Kīlauea recycling center to
include non-HI5 recyclables such as cardboard, mixed paper and non-HI5
containers (plastic, glass and metals). The program will also support monthly
visits to schools to provide training on how to manage redemption container
recycling drives for fundraising purposes.
- Expansion of recycling programs for
residents of Līhu'e Court Townhomes, $2,000 - The program includes the purchase
of recycling bins for households, expanding the recyclables accepted on
property, and increasing its educational training programs.
- Expansion of recycling programs,
Kalāheo Elementary School, $2,500 – The grant will allow the school to implement
an ink cartridge recycling program for Kaua‘i residents and businesses,
distribute reusable bags to students, and increase recycling promotions with the
goal of increasing school fundraising.
- Facilitate the production of local
sustainable reused products, Kaua'i Kunana Diary, $2,599 – Kunana Dairy will
produce products made from reused animal feed bags including: bags; aprons; and
wallets sewn. This project will raise awareness about local sustainable reused
- Facilitate collaborative school
recycling programs, Green Hawai'i Conferences, $2,500 - The grant will enable
Green Hawai'i to evaluate successful school recycling programs, provide
networking opportunities for schools, and replicate successful programs through
- Create an
Interactive Educational Website, Storybook Theatre, $10,000 - Storybook Theatre
will create a website to educate children about recycling and waste diversion.
The website will contain characters and content from County sponsored "Da Tree
R's" educational performances."
Anyone with questions about the
grants can contact Allison Fraley, Solid Waste Program Development Coordinator
at 241-4837 or via email, firstname.lastname@example.org.