Oahu Recycling: Everything is Biodegradable When Burned

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I’ve seen it time and time again: friends cutting six-pack soda rings so that no marine animal will be harmed.

Only thing is: we burn our Oahu trash, so none of it ends up in landfills.

If you think about it, it’s probably the best solution for our island state.  Our trash is reduced to just 10 percent of its initial volume.  Metals, both ferrous and other, are sorted and recovered both before and after the incineration process.  The power that is produced is also captured and sold to Hawaiian Electric as alternate energy power.  The City and County of Honolulu has coined it H-Power.

As I contemplate the implications while drinking a cup of Keurig coffee, I’m relieved.  No longer will I live with the guilt of non-biodegradable coffee pods or strangled marine mammals.  

For those interested in the process, check out two videos from Opala.Org, the City’s website.



Hawaii Kai Auntie

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