Select What to Recycle
|Recycling collection points can be set up on each
floor in trash rooms. This offers convenience to
the residents, but requires maintenance staff to transport
materials to a central building storage area.
We recommend that you start with HI-5 beverage containers.
Since the inception of the Beverage Container Deposit law
in 2005, the increased value of the beverage containers
may allow your condo to establish a low-cost to no-cost
recycling program, depending upon the quantity of deposit
beverage containers your building or complex can offer
to a collector.
Adding newspaper and non-deposit glass and plastic, after
your HI-5 collection program is established, can reduce
costs by decreasing the number of dumpsters and/or the
pickup frequency. Include yard trimmings (green waste)
in your plan, especially if you are generating significant
volumes. Greenwaste would be handled separately.
Choosing which materials to recycle is a key factor to
setting up a successful, cost-effective recycling program.
Each type of recyclable material has a different market
value. Revenue derived from materials with a high value,
such as the HI-5 beverage containers, normally will cover
collection costs from your facility. While the market price
for newspaper will not cover pickup costs, the cost can
be counter-balanced by a reduction in your refuse disposal
It may be better to offer all of your recyclables to
the same collector so the higher value materials can
the costs of the lower value materials.
|Do-it-yourself mulching operations have already
saved money for some condo complexes. The initial
investment in a shredder/chipper is quickly recouped
by lower refuse bills.
Yard trimmings from common areas can be chipped, mulched
and used on your landscaping.
Decide How to Recycle
For Aluminum, Glass and Paper
|Condo residents are often willing to bring their
recyclable materials to a central area in the building.
Many condos have found the parking areas convenient
1. Set Up Central Containers Collection systems
vary in each multi-family building. Some condominiums have
set up one central collection area in their parking garages;
others have placed containers on each floor by the trash
chutes. While both systems work, the second will involve
more coordination among your maintenance staff.
Keep the following in mind when you plan your program:
Residents will participate if recycling is as easy as
throwing it away. Collection containers should be located
in areas regularly frequented by tenants.
Tenants, staff and collector must have easy access
to central collection sites.
Provide easy-to-read signs explaining what items are
recycled and how to participate to minimize contamination
by unwanted material.
2. Check Out Collection Options
Recyclables can be picked up by a refuse hauler, collector,
or recycling company, or you can do-it-yourself.
- Refuse haulers offer a variety of recycling services
and container options. A hauler may charge for hauling
your recyclable material, and then credit you for the
value of the material. If a hauler also provides refuse
hauling for your facility, recyclables might be collected
separately at no additional charge. Start by asking
your current hauler what type of recycling services
and containers they offer. Check the yellow pages in
your phone book for other haulers.
- Collectors or recycling companies are often willing
to pick up your high-value recyclables at no charge,
and some provide you with recycling containers.
Click here for a list of collectors
of recyclable materials on Oahu.
- Do-it-yourself using maintenance personnel and/or
volunteer residents. You can take your recyclables to
company, or you can drop them off at a Recycling Center nearest to you. Recycling companies will pay you the current market value for the materials
received. There are HI-5 Plus recycling centers that will also take non-deposit
glass containers (wine, spirits, food jars, etc.), bi-metal (steel)
cans, plastics (#1 and #2 plastic codes), and newspaper.
For Green Waste (Yard Trimmings)
- Have your landscape contractor remove the green waste
and deliver to the composter, rather than leaving it
for your dumpster.
- Leave grass clippings on the lawn.
- Purchase a chipper for your green waste and use the
mulch to limit weed growth around hedges and garden
plants and reduce watering needs on your property.
- Self-haul to the composting facility (see the
list of recycling companies), the City can
arrange to pay the tip fee for you. Call 768-3421.
Implement and Promote Your Program
Once you have determined
why, what and how to recycle, set up the containers
and educate your residents:
- Set and publicize a kick-off date.
- Place signs and labeled containers in desired locations.
- Distribute promotional and educational materials.
- Publish recycling program details in a newsletter.
The City's Recycling Office can provide door hangers
Local Condo/Apartment Recycling Programs
The following buildings or complexes have implemented recycling
programs and are willing to share their experiences with
including brief onsite tours of their program.
- Honolulu Tower: 531-9090
- Chateau Waikiki: 946-3677
- Hokuloa Townhouses: 239-9666
- Tropic Gardens: 732-3338
- Moana Pacific: 591-1896
- University Villa: 942-5637
- Harbor View Plaza: 946-2960
- Harbor Court: 537-5378
- Capital Place: 695-2000