Bonus Blog: Waste Management in Hawaii

Bonus Blog: Waste Management in Hawaii

This is a picture of H Power, where 1/3 of Honolulu’s trash is burned and converted to electricity for 40,000 homes. What a great solution! Except for the toxic glug, albeit small, that remains after the burning, and the questionable practice of burning plastics….Every waste solution brings new problems (the so-called Wicked Problem). Write about one of the issues you see related to waste in Hawaii. Read one or more of the articles in the Laulima folder to inform your blog. Up to 15 points extra credit.

3 thoughts on “Bonus Blog: Waste Management in Hawaii

  1. When you need to get rid of something you would probably throw it in the trash. Or when you have to throw something away it goes in the trash. But where does all that trash end up? What happens when we create TOO MUCH trash? According to Rachel Harvey and Annett Koh, each Oahu resident produces 6.6 pounds of waste everyday. This number is more than the national average. And where does all this waste go you ask? Well, it “use” to go to Waimanalo Gulch, hence the fact that it “use” to because now it’s overflowing, or it started to overflow and become an issue about a year ago. So now what do we do with our trash?

    Recycle? Compost? What? What happens when there’s so much trash that it becomes bigger than us? Or when we start to burry ourselves in it? Has this already happened?

    Something interesting is recycling. The United States has gotten better at it since 1995 stated Gale from Cengage Learning. The U.S. has come up to a rate of 50% of aluminum being recycled and that was in 2008, so what do you think we must be at now? Sometimes I like to think about what if the U.S. made it a law to recycle, would that help to save us? If they made laws on composting we could get somewhere with not only surviving but even becoming sustainable. If there were just laws on this, it could save the world. But is it possible to make a law on environmental issues? I mean they make laws on social issues all the time, so what’s to say that the environment isn’t just as important?

    • What is your source that the Waiamanalo Gulch landfill is overflowing? Is it, or do they just need to expand into a new part of the landfill? I’m honestly confused about this, since the last time i was there, they said that there was still space in the landfill. But then there was the garbage-shipping fiasco….blogs are a good way to inform people as to what is really happening, since there is so much information to track.

  2. Trash management has gotten tremendously better by depositing and recycling trash. Super good news! Yet, with the population accelerating and more visitors coming in, the state obviously needs to import more goods and items. Where does all of the trash go?

    On Oahu, there is currently only one municipal solid waste landfill called the Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary. It is located on the leeward side of Oahu near Nanakuli. Debris from the island goes straight to the landfill that is approximately 200 acres. People on Oahu generate some of 1.8 million tons of municipal solid waste, and a great amount of trash. Yes it can be turned into H-power or it can be recycled, but I don’t think that enough people are going out of their way to reduce, re-use and recycle.

    A way to help is instead of having an item break, try to fix it, if it’s impossible to fix then look for other solutions. Also, keep an eye out for labels that say they are bio degradable. They might say it is, yet it contains 3% biodegradable material and 97% plastic, costing the buyer more when in reality it shouldn’t be. Shop with non plastic bags from home, and when getting food bring home Tupperware and utensils instead of using plastic ones from the stores. Buy stainless steel water bottles or glass ones to reduce a small amount of contribution to the trash landfill.

    Slowly and surely if more people are aware and more visitors help on reducing waste, the lands and ocean life will be a lot happier. Keep up the good work for the organizations that have made trash management better. Now we the people need to make more of a change as well.

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