On July 1, 2015, the County of Kauai’s Residential Refuse Collection Assessment “Pay As You Throw” will go into effect and automated curb-side trash collection services island-wide will start. If you have had County trash pick-up service thus far and want to continue, please read the information sheet attached that was made a part of the recent Real Property Tax Assessment correspondence. In short, here is what you need to do:
- Do nothing – if you want to continue County refuse collection with a 96-gallon cart at a cost of $18 per month
- Complete and mail the form by March 15, 2015 – if you want to continue County refuse collection but only require a 64-gallon cart at a cost of $10 per month
- Complete and mail the form by March 15, 1015 – if you want to continue County refuse collection but require more than 1 collection cart
- Complete and mail the form by March 15, 2015 – if you want to cancel County refuse collection and dispose of your own trash
Unfortunately, the County of Kauai is still not offering curb-side recycling, so we need to continue sorting, storing and disposing of recyclables on our own. HI 5 redemption is available at Hanalei School (containers can be found next to the front office) and is part of the school’s PTSA fundraising efforts. eWaste is available every 2nd Saturday of the month (see flyer).
The following Zero Waste tips will help minimize waste going into our landfills and keep KAUAI GREEN:
1. Get in the habit of carrying a reusable water bottle.
2. Keep cloth bags for grocery shopping in your car.
3. Avoid and boycott buying groceries and products with extensive packaging.
4. Bring your own container for leftovers when dining out and do not accept Styrofoam as an option.
5. Contact companies that send you junk mail directly. Check the mailer for an opt-out phone number. Also sign up for electronic bills and statements.
6. Reduce your trash by using compost and recycling bins.
7. Collect your HI 5 containers (glass and plastic bottles, aluminum cans) and ask a student in the neighborhood if they have a redemption facility at school
8. Get your 5Rs right: Refuse what you do not need; Reduce what you do need; Reuse what you consume; Recycle what you cannot Refuse;Rot (Compost) the rest.
9. Educate your family and friends about your zero waste efforts (so they don’t bring waste into your home).
10. Think twice before you buy “stuff”.