Did you know that on June 30th the City & County of Honolulu plans to remove the white Community Recycling Bins that have been collecting recyclable materials at O'ahu schools since 1990? Without these recycling bins, students who have been learning how to recycle and reduce waste will now have to throw their recyclables into the trash.
But we can change that! This Thursday the City Council's budget committee is meeting to discuss whether or not to allocate $2.4mill to continue the Community Recycling Bins program.
Send an email now to the City Council Budget Committee stating your support for community and school recycling.
We set up the email for you - clicking on the link automatically opens an email in your server to send direct to the City Council Budget Committee. Remember to include your name and address so they'll know whose constituent you are.
If the Community Recycling program ends, schools will lose an important source of community-supported funding. Since the start of the program, participating schools have received more than $1 million returns for the cardboard, paper, and HI-5's collected in these bins. Many schools host monthly recycling drives that student clubs and afterschool programs rely on for funding.
This Budget allocation has support from Ann Kobayashi, chair of the Budget Committee, and Ernie Martin, chair of the City Council. They need to hear that the community supports this program in order to pass this budget. Can you take 2 minutes now to send them an email?
We made it easy to click and send. Please add in something from your own experience or perspective about why school and community recycling is important. Here are some talking points:
Mahalo for taking a stand for community recycling. If you are available to attend the Budget committee meeting in person on Thursday, May 10th at 9:00 am in the Council’s Committee Room in Honolulu Hale, there will be time for public testimony. We will report back to you what happens after the meeting.
Link to Bill 14, CD1, FD1: Amendment List 22 under Refuse Collection and Disposal (third amendment from the top of the page)
For a little inspiration...Students from schools across the island are submitting testimony about the white bins. Here's one from 6th grader Charlotte Wood:
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