Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Plan
Increase recycling, reuse and waste reduction strategies.
(Goal 3, Strategic Action 3)
Why this matters:
Where we are now:
- Much of our waste can be reused. As an island state we are running out of landfill space and must find alternatives to reducing the amount of waste disposed in landfills.
2020 Suggested Benchmark:
- Waste diversion or landfill diversion can cut down on the need for more dumps. Landfill diversion can occur through recycling, reusing or biological treatment of solid waste. The statewide landfill diversion rate is 31.4%. On O‘ahu, about 57% of our solid waste is diverted by waste-to-energy and material recycling activities. The diversion rate for the Big Island is 24% (2006); Kaua‘i’s is 21% (2005); and Maui’s is 30%.
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- 50% of Hawai‘i’s municipal solid waste will be diverted. By 2014, the City & County of Honolulu expects to divert 79% of its municipal solid waste.