Recycling is the process of converting waste into new materials. For the past several years, the total amount recycled statewide was over 1 million tons. Recycled materials include types of glass, paper, metal, plastic, electronics, batteries, tires, construction and demolition material, as well as organics, such as green waste and food waste.
City and County of Honolulu Recycling
Hawaiʻi County Recycling
Figure 1: City & County of Honolulu Recycling (Note: The City and County of Honolulu compiles its recycling data by calendar year, while Kauaʻi, Maui, and Hawaiʻi Counties compile data by fiscal year.)
Figure 2: Hawaiʻi County Recycling
Kauaʻi County Recycling
Maui County Recycling
Figure 3: Kauaʻi County Recycling (Other than organic data, Kauai County recycling material by type for 2013 and 2014 are not shown on this graph.)
Figure 4: Maui County Recycling
Bioconversion / Composting
The above graph shows the amount of organic matter that was bioconverted or composted in Hawaiʻi County, the City and County of Honolulu and Kauaʻi County. Examples of organics are green waste, food waste, and fats, oils, and grease used for biofuels.
Bioconversion diverts organic materials, such as plant and animal waste, from landfills and wastewater systems and turns into usable products or resources. This includes creating biofuels from fat oils and grease, or making compost from food and green waste. Composting and bioconversion are integral to the Solid Waste Reduction goal, but also contribute to all six Aloha+ Challenge goals, in the following ways: producing biofuels (Clean Energy), producing compost (Local Food), community gardens fed by local compost or backyard composting (Smart Sustainable Communities), reducing the use of pesticides and fertilizers and relying on locally sourced compost (Natural Resource Management), and helping to produce biofuel and composting for commercial purposes and create jobs in this area (Green Workforce and Education.
Learn More and Make a Difference
- Visit Hawaiʻi County’s Solid Waste program for more information
- Find out more about Hawaiʻi County’s goal of zero waste
- Recycle Hawaii is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization who offers free public recycling educational services on behalf of the County of Hawaiʻi, the State Department of Health, and others.
- Learn about solid waste services on Maui, Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi
- Find out more about Maui County’s zero waste campaign
- Maui County’s Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan (published 2009)
Honolulu City & County
- For information about recycling, refuse, education tools, and more on Oʻahu, visit this link