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Zero Waste

Zero Waste

Support County Bill to ban Polystyrene foam “Styrofoam” food containers & food service ware on Hawaii Island.

Hawai'i County Committee on Environmental Management has this agenda item for hearing on Tues. Feb. 16, 2016 at 1:00 pm at the West Hawaii Civic Center, that needs your support in written/oral testimony:
 
Bill 140: AMENDS CHAPTER 20, OF THE HAWAII COUNTY CODE 1983 ( 2005 EDITION, AS AMENDED), BY ADDING A NEW ARTICLE RELATING TO REDUCTION OF POLYSTYRENE FOAM " STYROFOAM" FOOD CONTAINERS AND FOOD SERVICE WARE
Prohibits the sale, disbursement, and use of polystyrene foam containers and food service ware by a food provider or vendor to customers effective January 1, 2018.
 
Reference: Comm. 664
Introduced by: Margaret Wille, Committee Vice-Chair
 
See attachment for specific bill and requirements for video and written submission.
 
Please send something in ASAP by Feb. 15, 2016 to all of our councilpeople.  Even if you don't live on Hawai'i Island - YOUR VOICE MATTERS!
 
Submitting Testimony:
Those submitting written testimony at the meeting should bring fourteen 14) copies for distribution.  All those wishing to present a live testimony need only show up the day of.  
 
If submitting by email or fax, do so by 1:00 pm Fri. Feb. 12  (as the business day prior to hearing Feb. 15 is President’s Day State Holiday): (1) by mail to the County Clerk' s Office in Hilo at 25 Aupuni Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720; (2) by facsimile to ( 808) 961- 8912; or (3) by e- mail to:
 









 

 What is "Zero Waste?"

Did you know that Hilo's landfill is subject to closure in 2012? Or that 70% of what is currently generated as solid waste continues to be landfilled? It is this material that will provide resources, revenue, and green jobs required to ensure the island's sustainability. By adopting the goals of Zero Waste, our island can greatly reduce the waste we produce while increasing revenue by creating jobs to manage our overlooked resources.

What is Zero Waste? Zero Waste is a philosophy and lifestyle that aims to reduce, reuse, or recycle all waste, thereby eliminating rubbish. Although it sounds difficult, it is not.There are many states, companies, cities, counties, and countries that are already practicing the goal of Zero Waste.

Hawai`i, too, has made Zero Waste a goal. In 2007, the Hawai`i County Council passed legislation to adopt the goals of Zero Waste. Richard Anthony Associates, with the help of Recycle Hawai`i, has drafted a Zero Waste Implementation Plan to send to the County of Hawai`i.

To read this plan, simply click here.

Zero Waste School Initiative

Zero Waste School Initiative that began during the 2012-13 school year highlights zero waste events and activities at schools and in the community in Hawai`i.

The objective of the program is to encourage and recognize “zero waste projects” that are being sponsored by schools in Hawai`i. This recognition can help motivate others to create events, activities, and projects that incorporate the concept of zero waste not only for specific events, but as a part of the school’s and communities’ ongoing commitment to environmental protection and the reduction of use of our natural resources.

To find out more about the Zero Waste School Initiative, view the Zero Waste School Initiative Information & Registration sheet.

Find more information on Zero Waste at following links:

County of Hawai`i Zero Waste
http://www.hawaiizerowaste.org/zero-waste

Eco-Cycle Inc.
http://www.ecocycle.org/

Grass Roots Recycling Network
http://www.grrn.org/

Kanu Hawai`i
http://www.kanuhawaii.org/

Zero Waste America
http://www.zerowasteamerica.org/

Zero Waste International
http://www.zwia.org/