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Waste Diversion and Recycling Efforts in Hawaii

Hawaii beverage deposit program has recycled 4.7 billion cans and bottles since 2005

Hawaii sells more than 900 million beverage containers per year and up until 2005, most of them were simply tossed into the trash. With limited landfill space, that was not a sustainable solution.

The Hi5 Beverage Container Program launched in 2005 has helped turn things around by offering $0.05 for every container recycled. Nearly 5 billion beverage containers have been recycled ever since.

Zero Waste is sweeping the State

The State of Hawaii is one of a select few states currently striving for zero waste. Zero waste is a philosophy and lifestyle where waste is either recycled or reused. Places like Hawaii County have already drafted up Zero Waste Plans, and other parts of Hawaii are doing the same.

Schools are even joining in. The Zero Waste School Initiative was launched during the 2012-2013 school year, and it helps educate and put into practice zero waste ideas and technology.

Where does all the waste go?

Not all waste can be, or is, recycled. Much of the non-recycled waste in Hawaii is sent to the H-Power Plant on Oahu, which is a waste-to-energy plant that burns the waste to create electricity – up to 8% of Oahu’s electricity usage.

There are also several other landfills in Hawaii that accept waste, and some waste is shipped away to landfills on the mainland.

Landfilling and shipping waste is expensive, topping $100 per ton in some cases. With the cost of recycling operations dropping just about every year, it’s becoming much more cost effective to recycle rather than landfill, not to mention the environmental benefits of recycling.

30% of waste in Hawaii is construction and demolition (C&D) debris

This is significant because C&D is almost entirely recyclable – about 80% of it. In all, about 600,000 tons of C&D debris is disposed of each year in Hawaii.

There is a C&D landfill located on the Islands of Oahu and Maui, but not on the other islands. The tipping fee at these facilities are lower than that of a traditional landfill.

TIP: Ask your dumpster rental provider if they can dump at one of these C&D landfills to save on the cost of your rental.

Certain organizations in Hawaii accept salvaged building materials; here are a few:

Tips for renting a roll-off dumpster in Hawaii

5 most common dumpster styles

Commercial dumpsters – Businesses use these dumpsters for weekly or monthly garbage hauling service. They are not for temporary use.

Roll-off dumpsters – These are the containers you rent for temporary uses, such as household cleanouts, roofing projects or commercial construction.

Trailer dumpsters – Used by some dumpster rental companies, these trailers are used similarly to roll-off dumpsters but are different in that they are on wheels – this offers the benefit of being easier on your driveway.

Bag-style containers – These small bins are made from durable fabrics and plastics and range in size from 1 to 3 cubic yards and hold less than 2 tons of debris. The “Bagster” container is one such dumpster.

Lowboy dumpsters – Similar to traditional roll-off dumpsters but with low sides, making it ideal for loading heavier debris, such as dirt, roofing material, concrete, tiles and masonry.

Information about dumpster rental weight limits and overage charges

Dumpster rental providers typically put a cap on the amount of weight you can load into a dumpster due to the fact it costs them more money to dump heavier loads at local landfills. This weight limit can range from 1 ton (2,000 lbs.) to 8 tons (16,000 lbs.) or more.

Overage fees typically range between $50 per ton and $100 per ton. For example, if the weight allowance is 2,000 lbs. and your load weighs in at 2,500 lbs., you’d owe an additional 1 ton of overage charges at the $50 to $100 rate, or whatever rate your dumpster rental agreement specifies.

TIP: Be particularly careful of going over the allotted weight limit when dealing with heavier debris, such as concrete, roofing shingles, dirt or masonry.