National and Local Organizations

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EPA Waste Wi$e
National Recycling Coalition's Buy Recycled Business Alliance

Recycled Products Guide
Harris Directory
State Clean Hawaii Center
Green House Hawaii Project
Environmental Building Coalition of Hawaii
State Department of Health, Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch
Big Island Department of Environmental Management
Directory

Numerous government agencies and organizations at the county, state and national levels have information, resources and programs to assist you.  To help you quickly identify the assistance materials that best suit your needs, a brief description of each program is provided:

Recycling and Waste Prevention resources are available from the City's Recycling Office (you’re already here at our website), the Big Island's Recycle Hawaii organization (for those of you on that island) and the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Waste Wi$e program.

C&D Recycling and Waste Prevention resources are available from a cooperative task force comprised of government and industry leaders including the State's Clean Hawaii Center, the Green House Hawaii Project and the Environmental Building Coalition of Hawaii (EBCoH).

Buy Recycled resources are available from the State's Clean Hawaii Center, the National Recycling Coalition's Buy Recycled Business Alliance, the Recycled Products Guide, and the Harris Directory of Recycled-Content and Pollution Preventing Materials for Home, Office and Garden.

Hazardous Waste Minimization resources are available from the State Department of Health, Solid & Hazardous Waste Branch.

Waste Exchange options are managed through HIMEX, Hawaii Materials Exchange, coordinated by the State Office of Solid Waste Management, the Maui Recycling Group, the County of Maui and the EPA.

Permitting, Regulatory & Technical Assistance is provided by the State's Office of Solid Waste Management.

Directory includes the complete names, addresses and telephone numbers of all of the resource agencies and organizations.

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C & D Recycling & Waste Prevention

Opportunities for recycling construction and demolition (C&D) materials are evolving in Hawaii through the efforts of a cooperative task force comprised of government and industry leaders. For more information contact the participating organizations listed below.

Clean Hawaii Center: 587-3802

The Clean Hawaii Center (CHC) has been working closely with the Department of Health's Office of Solid Waste Management and the building industry to co-sponsor a series of workshops, developmental forum sessions and publications to promote industry and public sector awareness of the issues related to minimizing C&D waste.

Publications available:

MINIMIZING CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION WASTE IN HAWAII

A CONTRACTOR'S WASTE MANAGEMENT GUIDE

DIRECTORY OF CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITIES

Green House Hawaii Project: 587-3802

The Green House Hawaii Project Team is a diverse group of architects, artists, builders, suppliers, and representatives from the State of Hawaii and the City & County of Honolulu committed to promoting an awareness of building products and design principles to minimize waste and conserve resources. The project has several phases which include: an exhibit of environmentally responsible products and principles, kitchen, bath and office modules with full-scale applications of the products, a Hawaii Advanced Building Technologies Training Program; energy-efficient building guidelines; and a model demonstration home project.

Publications available:

GREEN HOUSE HAWAII PRODUCTS AND MATERIALS LISTING

GUIDE TO RESOURCE-EFFICIENT BUILDING IN HAWAII

HAWAII ADVANCED BUILDING TECHNOLOGIES TRAINING PROGRAM

Environmental Building Coalition of Hawaii (EBCoH): 955-8341

EBCoH is a research and educational outreach program administered by the University of Hawaii School of Architecture to promote environmentally supportive building technologies and practices for Hawaii and the Pacific Islands and to create a forum to exchange ideas and information that will assist policy makers, developers, architects, contractors, educators, students and the general public in making balanced, long-range decisions when undertaking construction projects.

EBCoH projects include:

Daylighting Design Guidelines

Natural Ventilation Case Study

Insulation, Radiation and Gable Vent Study

Photovoltaic Learning Modules

Low Pollution Ground Transportation for the Tourist Industry

Speaker Series

Web Pages and Clearinghouse

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

(800) EPA-WISE (372-9473)

Waste Wi$e Program: www.epa.gov/wastewise

Become a Waste Wi$e member! Many U. S. companies have demonstrated that by reducing and recycling materials which would otherwise become trash, they can reap substantial savings, sometimes millions of dollars per year.

EPA developed the Waste Wi$e program to assist businesses in taking cost-effective actions to reduce waste in the areas of waste prevention, recycling collection and buying or manufacturing recycled products.

Why Join Waste Wi$e?

EPA provides technical assistance via a hotline and electronic bulletin board, how-to publications, lessons from other companies and regular program updates.

Successful waste reduction efforts are highlighted in EPA documents, business magazines, environmental journals and trade publications.

Participating companies may use the Waste Wi$e logo in their advertising.

Waste Wi$e provides an opportunity for your firm to be viewed by peers and customers as a national leader in environmental initiatives.

Check out the Waste Wi$e Home Page on the Internet for waste reduction information, WASTE WI$E UPDATE newsletters and technical assistance tip sheets.

Correspond with Waste Wi$e via e-mail at ww@cais.net

Join other nationally recognized companies and become Waste Wi$e!

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Big Island Recycle Hawaii

(808) 961-2676 or (808) 329-2886

A 501 (c) 3 educational organization www.recyclehawaii.org

Recycle Hawaii can provide recycling educational assistance to you and your staff. Speakers are available for presentations. Special workshops on green management or waste minimization can also be arranged.

Publications and resources available:

RECYCLED PRODUCTS & BUILDING MATERIALS LIST

7 STEPS TO BUSINESS RECYCLING; EDUCATING YOUR EMPLOYEES; SAMPLE KICK-OFF LETTER; SAMPLE FLYER

BIG ISLAND COMMERCIAL RECYCLING SERVICES

RECYCLING & WASTE PREVENTION RESOURCES

BIG ISLAND RECYCLING GUIDE

RECYCLING GLASS ON THE BIG ISLAND

RECYCLING USED MOTOR OIL ON THE BIG ISLAND

BACKYARD COMPOSTING IN HAWAII - brochure or handbook

TIPS FOR REDUCING TRASH

RECYCLING & WASTE REDUCTION

PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS

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State Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism

Clean Hawaii Center: 587-3802

The Clean Hawaii Center (CHC) promotes recycling, remanufacturing and reuse markets through the development of local end-use businesses, cooperative marketing, cooperative purchasing of recycled products and the Buy Recycled in Hawaii campaign. The CHC provides support to local businesses that process and manufacture products from waste paper, glass, plastics, green waste and construction and demolition materials. Services available include one-on-one counseling relating to business development, financing, product development, demonstration and marketing and workshops for lenders, individuals and associations to provide technical assistance to recycling businesses.

The overall goal of the CHC is to increase recycling and remanufacturing business investment and expansion in Hawaii. Expansion of the local recycling industry is fundamental to the state's ability to divert a significant portion of the 5,000 tons of waste generated in Hawaii each day. In the process, the CHC will bring attention to the added value -- relative to jobs, taxes and other economic indicators -- of the recycling and remanufacturing industries to Hawaii.

Publications available:

HAWAII RECYCLING INDUSTRY GUIDE

BUY RECYCLED IN HAWAII-WHERE TO BUY RECYCLED

PRODUCTS AND RECYCLING SERVICES

PERMIT REQUIREMENTS FOR RECYCLING AND RELATED ACTIVITIES FOR THE CITY & COUNTY OF HONOLULU, AND COUNTIES OF KAUAI, MAUI AND HAWAII

Other publications on financial and technical assistance programs for recycling-related projects

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National Recycling Coalition (NRC)

(703) 683-9025

BUY RECYCLED BUSINESS ALLIANCE

The Buy Recycled Business Alliance is a group of national companies committed to increasing their purchases of recycled-content products. The Alliance encourages businesses of all sizes to make purchasing recycled-content products and materials part of their day-to-day operations.

Why join the Buy Recycling Business Alliance?

As a member of the Alliance, you will join hundreds of companies -- multi-nationals to local businesses -- that are making the Buy Recycled Business Alliance the largest of its kind.

The NRC will provide peer consulting, seminars, Buy Recycled Guide Book and a quarterly newsletter, all designed to help you evaluate products with recycled content and become a savvy purchaser.

Alliance partners are listed on national campaign materials and promotional pieces.

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The Harris Directory

of Recycled-Content and Pollution Preventing Materials for Home, Office and Garden: (888) 844-0337

The first national building materials directory of its kind, now in its 9th edition. The Harris Directory identifies building, furnishings and landscape products that sustain our environment rather than deplete our natural resources. They contain reused materials, recycled content and products that minimize toxicity to ourselves and to the planet.

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State Department of Health

Solid and Hazrdous Waste Branch: 586-4226

Permitting, Regulatory and Technical Assistance

The Office of Solid Waste Management (OSWM) oversees waste and recycling activities statewide and provides information on permitting, federal and state regulations and technical aspects of recycling, composting and general waste management. The OSWM assists local business and government in an effort to achieve the state's recycling and waste reduction goals -- 25% by 1995 and 50% by the year 2000.

OSWM can provide you with information and assistance in the areas of special waste management (oil, contaminated soil, lead-acid batteries, tires, medical waste); solid waste facility permitting and enforcement; recycling and composting facility permitting; pollution prevention; do-it-yourself onsite composting.

The following publications and resources are available from OSWM:

On-Farm Composting Handbook - covers the how-to's of small scale composting. It is an excellent reference for farmers, landscapers, resorts and large developments. $12.00.

Managing Boat Wastes - provides information to assist Hawaii's recreational boaters in managing wastes.

Disposal Tips for Home Health Care - provides information for proper management of syringes and other medical wastes in the home.

Mobile Backyard Composting Display - freestanding display is available on loan at no charge.

Technical Resource Library - is available to the public, with books, pamphlets, magazine articles and other information on recycling and composting technology and equipment, reviews of successful composting and recycling programs from other states and discussions of health and environmental issues relating to solid waste.

Hazardous Waste Minimization
Hazardous waste minimization is one component of a larger environmental management strategy known as pollution prevention. The goal is to prevent the creation of pollution, rather than attempting to control, treat or dispose of pollution after it is created.

Businesses can benefit from hazardous waste minimization through improved health and performance of workers, lower material and waste costs, reduced regulatory compliance liability, more efficient and higher quality production and public recognition for environmentally sound business practices. To promote effective environmental protection while helping businesses reduce costs, the Department of Health established the Hazardous Waste Minimization Project.

Publications available to you:

HAWAII'S HAZARDOUS WASTE MINIMIZATION PROGRAM -- A brochure describing resources to help businesses reduce waste and address regulatory compliance.

WASTE MANAGEMENT SERVICES IN HAWAII -- A directory of businesses that provide services ranging from asbestos removal to waste oil recycling.

REDUCING & MANAGING PAINTING CONTRACTOR WASTES -- A manual for painting contractors interested in waste reduction, disposal and regulatory compliance.

UNDERSTANDING THE SMALL QUANTITY GENERATOR HAZARDOUS WASTE RULES -- A handbook for businesses that generate hazardous wastes, produced by the EPA.

Newsletters and bulletins are available free on the following hazardous waste topics:

Military's Haz-Min Program
Painting Operations
Education & Analytical Laboratories
Parts Cleaning
Photo Processing
Printing Operations
Project Resources
Dry Cleaning
Automotive Maintenance
Antifreeze & Parts Cleaning
Metal Finishing
Construction
Hotels
Painting Contractors
X-Ray Process
Dry Cleaning
Silver Recovery Services
Small Quantity Generators
Environmental Agency Contacts
Fluorescent Light Disposal
Waste Minimization in Laboratories
Revision of Hazardous Waste Regulations
Agriculture
Restaurant Waste Minimization
Pollution Prevention and Pesticides

Other Services and Resources:

Workshops and onsite assessments to help track hazardous wastes and identify methods for minimizing waste.

Information services on HAWAII FYI. See "Waste Management."

Waste Minimization Library.

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Directory

City & County of Honolulu
State of Hawaii
Big Island
National Organizations

CITY & COUNTY OF HONOLULU

Department of Environmental Services
Refuse Division, Recycling Office
1000 Uluohia Street, Suite 212, Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
Tel: 768-3200
Fax: 662-5402
www.envhonolulu.org

Suzanne Jones, Recycling Program Branch Chief

Adam Bien, Recycling Specialist, 768-3422
-- Partnership for the Environment
-- WasteLine E-newsletter
-- Event Coordination

Chris Hirota, Recycling Specialist, 768-3423
-- Mandatory Recycling Compliance at Disposal Sites
-- Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction
-- Propane Tanks
-- Used Oil

Steve Kelsey, Recycling Specialist, 768-3421
-- Community Recycling Centers
-- School Educational Program
-- Computer Recycling
-- Tour Coordination

Eileen Helmstetter, Recycling Specialist, 768-3426
-- Office Paper Recycling
-- City Agency Recycling
-- Recycled Products Market Development
-- Rechargeable Battery Collection Program

Suzanne Varady, Recycling Specialist, 768-3424
-- Organics Recycling
-- Food Waste Recycling
-- Green Waste Mulching/Composting

Irobela Wreagh, Recycling Specialist, 768-3425
-- Mandatory Recycling Compliance for Business
-- Glass Recycling
-- Restaurants/Bars
-- Condominiums/Apartments

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STATE OF HAWAII

Department of Health

Solid & Hazardous Waste Branch
919 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, Hawaii 96814  

Office of Solid Waste Management
586-4240 fax 586-7509
Jennifer Tosaki, Recycling Coordinator 586-4226

Hazardous Waste Minimization
586-4226 fax 586-7509
Marlyn Aguilar, Coordinator

Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism
Energy, Resources & Technology Division
Clean Hawaii Center
P. O. Box 2359, Honolulu, Hawaii 96804
587-3802 fax 587-3820 www.hawaii.gov/dbedt
Gail Suzuki-Jones, Program Manager

University of Hawaii, School of Architecture
Environmental Building Coalition of Hawaii (EBCoH)
2410 Campus Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
955-8341
Steve Meder, Coordinator

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ISLAND OF HAWAII

Department of Environmental Management
25 Aupuni Street Rm. 210,
Hilo, HI 96720
Barbara Bell, Director
(808) 961-8083

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NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Waste Wi$e
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
401 M Street, SW, Washington, DC 20460
(800) EPA-WISE (372-9473) fax (703) 308-8686
www.epa.gov/wastewise

Buy Recycled Business Alliance
National Recycling Coalition
1727 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314
(703) 683-9025 fax (703) 683-9026

The Harris Directory
The Harris Reports
522 Acequia Madre, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
(505) 995-0337 fax (505) 995-1180
(888) 844-0337

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© 2005 City & County of Honolulu's Department of Environmental Services.