Possible Changes for Bottle Bill

Paul Hamilton
Paul Hamilton

HONOLULU (KHNL)- Many consumers take their empty recyclables to redemption centers. However, some critics say those centers are not in convenient locations and are often closed.

"We use it," said Jenn Brown. "Doesn't come to very much money, but it's good they've at least implemented it."

The state Senate on Thursday approved a bill forcing large retailers to maintain redemption centers which would be required to stay open at least 35 hours a week.

"People go there to do their shopping, might as well do your recycling at the same time," Brown said. "Traffic's so bad it takes so long to get around anywhere anyways, so."

Consumers we spoke with said they believe so-called big box retailers like Wal-mart and Costco would be popular redemption centers.

"I think it would have good results if they're willing to comply with that idea but not have to be coerced into it," said Paul Hamilton.

The bill also allows consumers to have redemption centers count their containers instead of simply weighing them. Consumers could have up to 200 containers counted.

"Nothing in life that's worth anything is convenient or easy," Hamilton said. "But I think it's a step in the right direction in general."