Recycling- Community Service and Volunteering

The County of Kauai's Solid Waste Office would like to encourage all individuals and groups that want to help keep Kaua‘i green and beautiful to contact our office!

If you want to assist with a recycling project, or want to coordinate a beach or community clean-up call 241-4841 or email solidwaste@kauai.gov

KAUA‘I RECYCLES DROP BIN SITE CLEANUP

The Kaua‘i Recycles Drop Bins are for residential use and are available island-wide at eight locations. Most sites have very heavy use and can build up trash and other debris around the bins. We work with volunteers and groups to provide oversight and supplies to clean up the area. Kaua‘i Recycles sites can also be adopted by groups or businesses that want to provide ongoing cleanup. For more details, please call 241-4195 or email kaki@kauai.gov.

Your help and consideration is greatly appreciated!

We would like to highlight the work of those that volunteer to go out into the community and make it a better place. Below are some of the projects that individuals and groups have participated in.   

Visiting Student Capstone Project

A middle school student from Colorado was visiting Kaua‘i with his family. He wanted to assist with various clean up efforts on our island as part of his school's Capstone Project. Jimmy and his mom assisted County staff on Monday, March 25, 2019 for a Po‘ipū recycling bin striping project. Please find his essay below about his experiences on Kaua‘i!    
Please contact the County Recycling office at:  808-241-4841 if you would also like to volunteer your time! Mahalo!

By: Jimmy Manassee
Sunday, March 31, 2019


Trash In The Ocean

     During my Spring Break, I picked up trash on the beaches of Hawaii for my school’s Capstone Project. When I saw so many bottle caps, I was shocked. The reason there are so many bottle caps is that when people put their trash in the various recycling bins, they realize that they can't recycle the bottle caps so then they just throw them on the ground. This is only one small part of the 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic floating in the ocean, which is called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
     In Hawaii, some of the hotels and restaurants are using wooden straws to help the ocean plastic problem. There are also many dedicated volunteers who go every week to pick up trash that washes ashore on the beach. When I went to volunteer, it was actually a lot of fun picking up the trash because while you are doing it you know that you are doing the right thing. There are many organizations that support these kinds of efforts, like the Surfrider Foundation, which picks up 10,000 pounds of trash per month just on the of Kaua‘i.
    Statistics say that the average person in the US uses 360 plastic bags per year. People can help solve the problem of ocean trash by not using single-use plastics because they're just going to end up in the ocean. 
People can also help by using less water, and people should drive less because when the ocean absorbs greenhouse gases then the ocean temperature rises and that ends up killing much of the coral. People should also throw away their cigarette butts if they smoke. If they put their cigarette butts out in the sand and leave them there, it can create environmental problems.
     There are many organizations that you can either donate to or volunteer for, including the Surfrider Foundation, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Nature Conservancy, the Lonely Whale Foundation, and the Bahamas Plastic Movement. I believe that there is potential for the oceans to become clean.  Many people are trying to design ocean cleanup machines. Their ideas have been invested in, but there haven't been great results yet. If you go to a school near a beach, you can suggest that your school does a beach cleanup. When you are on a beach, look around and see if there is any trash. Even a little bit of time could make a huge impact.  It will help the environment and the health of the beach.


Lāwa‘i Kaua‘i Recycles Drop Bin Site Clean-Up

Kalaheo Scout Troop 270 of Kalāheo jumped right in when offered the chance for a community service project in the area. The Lāwa‘i Kaua‘i Recycles drop area is heavily used and receives a fair share of illegal dumping. 

The 19 Scout and parent volunteers put in a great effort working in to the night to clean-up the site. A truckload of materials ranging from large scrap metal, to clothing, and other refuse was hauled out of the area.

We highly encourage other Scout troops and organizations to let us know if you would like to do some great community service and beautify your neighborhood by adopting your local Kaua‘i Recycles drop bin site.

 

Recycle site before Boy Scout clean-up

Debris picked up by Boy Scouts at recycle site.

Illegal dumping at recycling site.

Good Samaritan jumps in to help clean-up

HANAPEPE – The Kaua‘i Recycles Drop bin location outside of the Hanapēpē Refuse Transfer Station was the site of an ugly scene on Friday July 5th. An illegal dumper left behind a large load of cardboard and mixed paper on the ground outside of the empty cardboard recycling bin.

Resident Josiah Lauama was recycling at approximately 6:45 PM when he noticed the County’s Recycling Program Coordinator Keola Aki documenting the illegal dumping. Mr. Laulama jumped right in to assist with the clean-up effort and by 7:00 PM both men had all the recyclables properly sorted and in the bins.

It appeared that a restaurateur had dumped a load of bulk food packaging items that a normal resident would not normally purchase. As a reminder, the Kaua‘i Recycles drop bins are for residents only. Businesses can drop recyclables free of charge at Garden Isle Disposal in Līhu‘e. Call the County Recycling Office at 241-4841 for information on business recycling.

The County’s Solid Waste Office would like to thank Mr. Lauama for assisting with the clean-up of the area and would like to encourage more people to be proactive when they see misuse of the recycling bins. If you can safely photograph or take down the license plates of those illegally dumping, the Kaua‘i Police Department can investigate and if found guilty fines of $1,000 can be charged.

For more information call 241-4841. To report illegal dumping call Police Dispatch at 241-1711. 

 

Good Samaritan Josiah Lauama after recycle area clean-up

 

Recycling site cleaned-up

Beach clean up by Girl Scout Troop 775

Beach Clean up at Kitchen's/Kamalani Bridge

Girl Scout Troop 775 picked up 41 lbs of rubbish including marine debris, recyclables, broken slippers and toothbrushes.  Thank you Troop 775 for keeping our beaches clean! 

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