Hannemann Calls for Curbside Recycling

Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann
Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann

HONOLULU (KHNL) - At 5 cents a container, consumers got used to redeeming their bottles and cans at recycling centers. But now honolulu mayor Mufi Hannemann said he's ready for curbside recycling.

"Voters made it clear in November we should be doing even more with recycling," Hannemann said. "I am therefore proposing we try to introduce curbside pickup of recyclables this year."

Hannemann proposes curbside pick up of mixed recyclables every other week. regular trash pick up would drop to once a week - hannemann says - to accommodate the cost of recycling.

"We can do curbside pickup of mixed recyclables, but it'll cost in dollars as well as time," Hannemann said.

Residents who want their regular trash collected twice a week would be assessed a ten dollar fee.

"I'm an advocate of recycling," Hannemann said. "But I have cautioned repeatedly that trash collection comes at a price."

Hannemann said recycling won't work unless everyone pitches in.

"Curbside recycling will require a personal commitment from each of us to reduce the volume of waste that goes into the bins for regular trash pickup," Hannemann said. "The result will be a stronger conservation ethic and a cleaner environment."