DIY (Do-It-Yourself) HI-5 Public Recycling Containers

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The City plans to install 1,000 HI-5 recycling bins in 2013. Want to help?

  • Do you need to complete a service-learning or senior project at school?
  • Are you part of a community group that wants to do good in your neighborhood?
  • Just think recycling is cool and you want to help?

Email or call 768-3200.

These self-servicing baskets are easy to make and can be attached to existing trash containers at beaches, parks, bus stops and along sidewalks. People can deposit or withdraw HI-5 containers freely. "Take, Leave, Whatevas..."

Fabrication of the bins requires hand strength and coordination, so we are looking for students of high school age or adults to help on this project.

What you do:

  • You and your group commit to making and placing 50-200 recycling bins
  • Complete a bin-making workshop
  • Install the bins at beaches, parks and bus stops around the island (we’ll help you decide where)
  • Document your work on a web-based map that will show where all the bins are located on Oahu (easy)

What you get:

  • Workshops to train your group how to make the bins
  • Materials and signage (groups provide basic tools)
  • Storage space for completed bins, if needed
  • Help with planning, technical assistance and any other assistance along the way
  • Recognition as a City & County partner in this project

The City and County of Honolulu's Recycling Branch has already placed HI-5 recycling containers of various types at district parks, golf courses, Waikiki sidewalks, the Honolulu Zoo, Neal Blaisdell Center, Fort Street Mall, and City administration buildings. And we are continuing these efforts to expand public recycling containers islandwide to increase the convenience of recycling in public spaces. The concept for these do-it-yourself recycling baskets was developed by a local grassroots collective and has proven to be an easy, inexpensive and efficient system. The goal of 1,000 recycling bins this year is achievable with your help.


In the Media

Click here for a KITV story (August 5, 2013) on this project.
Click here for a Hawaii Public Radio story (August 12, 2013)

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