Hawaii Kai, Mililani rev up to recycle
City officials are reminding Hawaii Kai and Mililani residents to get ready to recycle, as the curbside program kicks off next week.
The city will continue collecting trash twice a week in those communities until next year, giving residents two months to get used to sorting recyclables into blue and green bins, city officials said yesterday in a news release.
In Mililani those with trash collection on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays will have both trash and recyclables collected on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, respectively.
Hawaii Kai residents, who have trash collection on Wednesdays and Saturdays, will also have their recyclables collected on Saturday.
On their first recycling day, Mililani residents will begin with the blue bin, for mixed recyclables such as newspapers and glass bottles, and Hawaii Kai residents will begin with the green bin for green waste.
The following week, the communities will switch their bin colors and continue alternating each week.
The week of Jan. 7, Mililani and Hawaii Kai residents will lose one of the two free regular pickups. Mililani residents have an option to pay $10 a month to reinstate the second trash pickup -- a fee still under City Council review.
Starting in January, Hawaii Kai residents will have only two weekly pickups, one for trash and one for recyclables. City officials plan to compare results from each communities.
Both communities can request additional green bins for green waste and another gray bin for regular trash at no charge.
"We are looking forward to the people in Hawaii Kai and Mililani to help make it work so that we can eventually take the project islandwide," said Mayor Mufi Hannemann.
Visit www.opala.org for monthly collection schedules and more information, or call 768-3200.