New Curbside Recycling Program

Edward Harrison
Edward Harrison

MILILANI (KHNL)  -- Curbside recycling is the hot topic in Mililani and Hawaii Kai. The Mayor selected both communities for the city's pilot curbside recycling program, that will begin in late October.

It's a mixed recycling program, and a bit confusing. You can toss in cans, cardboard, glass and plastic into these blue bins. Green waste goes in here. It's all to cut down on what goes to the city dump.

Each communities respective collection days will remain the same. Under the current system, regular trash is picked up twice a week. But, under the new system, your first collection day is regular garbage and the second day is for recycling pickup, alternating weekly between the blue and green bins.

Those we spoke with had mixed feelings about the new program. Some are upset about losing their second day of regular garbage pick-up, but many agree that recycling is a good thing, no matter what.

When it comes to recycling, some people do and some people don't.

Edward Harrison has been a Mililani resident since 1999. Long enough to have been here for Mililani's failed curbside recycling program three years ago.

"I really didn't pay to much attention to it, i just like to take my rubbish out, throw it in the trash, and forget about it."

This time, he'll have to pay attention, or pay.

"If you don't want to pay, your going to have to do a little bit better job of segregating your rubbish. it looks like that's what they're forcing you to do."

Under the new system, Mililani residents can pay an extra 10 dollars a month to continue to have their second day of regular garbage pick up. For some, that's enough encouragement to reduce what they use, and recycle.

"Recycling takes time, not everyone's got time but looks like we're going to have to make time now."

He's not happy about the new program.

"I don't like that, no i don't like that at all."

But admits its good, for the environment.

"For recycling yeah its good, because I'm pretty sure a lot of people are like us and throw everything in the grey."

Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann says the new program will divert thousands of tons of garbage away from the landfill, and encourages residents to give it a chance.