Taking care of opala (the Hawaiian word for garbage) is everyone's
The trash generated by homes and businesses is called “solid
waste,” and the City's Department of Environmental Services,
Refuse Division manages the collection, disposal and recycling
It's the ENV's job to provide an islandwide waste
management system that protects our environment and operates
to minimize costs to island residents and businesses. It's
everyone's job to know how to properly dispose of or recycle
the waste materials you generate, when to set out your garbage
for collection, how to contain it so it doesn't spill in the
street, what and where to recycle. Curbside recycling has made
this easier than ever. Most of Oahu is expected to have curbside
recycling by May 2010.
The City Department of Environmental
Services uses waste-to-energy (H-POWER), recycling, composting
to reduce the need for landfill.
We evaluate emerging technologies that could further reduce
our reliance on landfills.
Please do your part to put opala
in its place. ENV educates and informs the public through its
website (you’re here),
and other educational tools and campaigns, including Tour de
Trash, which offers residents a chance to get an up-close tour
of recycling and waste processing operations on Oahu, and Discover
Recycling Fairs, which reach out to educators and students
to bring recycling into the classroom and facilitate adoption
at home. And now with Opalavision on The Green Channel.
the time to learn more about what you can do to sort it out.
It's our island, our home and our responsibility to protect
the health and beauty of the environment.