City Agency Office Paper Recycling

General Information Poster
Flatten Boxes Sign

About 85% of our trash can be recycled.  It is estimated that each of us currently generates more than a pound of recyclable paper every day.  That really adds up!

How does the program work?

The Office Paper Recycling Program, illustrated below, makes recycling easy.

City Paper Recycling Deskbox

1. Employees put recyclable paper into desk-side box.

City employees are provided with desk-side boxes to make it easy to sort recyclable office paper while you work.


City Paper Recycling Stackable

2. Employees empty full boxes into centralized drop-off containers, usually located near copy machines.

Please make sure you put only paper that can be recycled into the containers.  The wrong type of paper can contaminate and ruin an entire batch of recyclable paper.  (See below for what can and can't be recycled.)

Flatten corrugated cardboard boxes and leave them alongside the stackable containers.

City Paper Recycling Dumpster
3. Custodial staff collects paper and cardboard from centralized drop-off containers and deposits in the mixed paper dumpster.

4. Recyclable paper is picked up by a recycler, where the paper is resorted, baled and shipped off island to recycling markets.


  • White and Color Office Paper
    • Staples okay
    • NO shredded paper
    • NO adhesives, gummed or other sticky surface
  • Color Ledger Paper
  • Newspaper
    • NO glossy, shiny inserts, or waxy paper
  • Construction Plans and CAD Drawings Printed on White Paper Only
  • Manila Folders
    • NO prongs
    • NO clips
    • NO metal fasteners
  • Corrugated Cardboard: Flatten and leave next to your bin
    • NO cereal boxes
    • NO tissue boxes
    • NO soda cube boxes
    • NO flatboard, etc.

For Further Assistance

How can I obtain further assistance? We can assist you if you need equipment, educational materials, or someone to come to your office and make a presentation. Contact us.

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