Trashing Paradise: Zero Waste

Apr 3, 2015

Banner for Hawai‘i’s first Zero Waste Conference, March 9-10, 2015
Credit noe tanigawa


Mild mannered conventioneers discuss Zero Waste concepts during a break.
Credit noe tanigawa


For the past week, HPR has been looking at the issues Hawai‘i faces around solid waste. We’ve looked at the proliferation of plastic, the possibility of pollution from particles smaller than we now measure, and the struggles of each county to reduce mounting “waste” in landfills.  Over the past 20 years, a movement has been building around a mind shift—HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found that waste could translate into resources.

The community discussion around waste will hopefully continue, and meanwhile, there are a number of resources available to learn more . 

Right now on O‘ahu, people can recycle newspapers and white/colored bond paper in the blue recycling bins.  Residential food waste is still up to individuals but communities and other groups might be able to use the method that is working well for Kalaupapa, Earth Tubs.

You can find our entire "Trashing Paradise" series here.

For instructions and links on Oahu

Here’s the Hawai‘i Department of Labor’s site about jobs and other programs available in the Green Jobs Initiative.

On Hawai‘i Island

Maui County

Kaua‘i County


To learn more about Zero Waste USA

On Maui

On Kaua‘i

On Hawai‘i Island