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As part of the No Waste Challenge this month, we co-hosted a HI-5 Bin Making Workshop along with Malama Learning Center at Kapolei High School. The HI-5 Bin workshops are a part of Gaye Chan’s Eating in Public project to create an “Anarchist Recycling System” here in Hawaii.
You’ve probably seen these wire bins around town, attached to the side of garbage cans in public places – perhaps you assumed, like I did, that it was a city
program to encourage recycling. It is not. In fact, the wire bins are all hand-made and placed by people who want to make recycling more accessible.
The motto you’ll see on all HI-5 wire bins is “Take, Leave, Whatevas” – providing both a space for the disposer to leave their recycling, and the redeemer to more cleanly and easily collect it for redemption.
TAKE = act without shame
LEAVE = share without condition
WHATEVAS = trust without apology
I really like this project, it is at once pointing to a broken system (lack of accessible recycling facilities) and taking responsibility to improve it by creating a visible solution. I like the sense of community it fosters, connecting the intentions of the person who leaves their recyclables to those of the person who comes to pick it up. There is inherent in this act a sense of trust and goodwill that really seems to resonate with people.
At the Kapolei Farmers Market, where we had the Bin Making workshop, plenty people came over to check out what we were doing – and many really identified with leaving your recycling in a convenient
place so the next person who’s collecting doesn’t have to dig through all the rubbish to get to it. People were grabbing the bins as fast as we could make them - to place in their neighborhoods, parks, and shopping centers. In all, we made and passed out about 30 bins that afternoon.
Those who take the bins are asked to post a photo along with the location where they choose to install it – and all the HI-5 Bins are mapped here. We chose Kapolei as a location for the workshop because there weren’t any bins mapped in that area, so we’re hoping to see the dots start coming in now!
Want to get involved?
A- Get a Bin or a Bin Kit from Eating In Public
B- Invite Eating In Public to do a bin-making workshop with your people
C- Make your own (downloadable instructions)
D- Give money to buy more material to make bins
Check out Gaye Chan's post about the workshop here.
More photos from the event here.