Letter for Thursday, April 29, 2021

Conant’s letter on trash particularly timely

In response to Sherwood Conant’s letter on “Rubbish disposal is island desecration” in the April 28 TGI:

Thank you for speaking up, Sherwood, because now is the perfect time!

The county’s plan for managing solid waste for the next 10 years is being developed right now. The draft Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan (ISWMP) is due to be presented to the public “shortly.”

It will be available for public comment for 60 days, with a public hearing at the halfway point, before it is finalized and presented to the County Council and mayor for approval. Those 60 days will be our opportunity to speak up.

To learn more about the ISWMP and what concerned residents can do to influence it, watch and participate in the next Kaua‘i Climate Action forum (presented by the Kaua‘i Climate Action Coalition, Surfrider Foundation Kaua‘i Chapter and Zero Waste Kaua‘i) at 6pm on May 12. The forum is entitled “Talking Trash: Seeking solutions to Kaua‘i’s Solid Waste Crisis; The zero waste approach to sustainability in Kaua‘i’s upcoming, 10-year, solid-waste plan.”

Register at bit.ly/talkingtrashkauai.

Ruta Jordans, Kapa‘a

  1. John Patt April 29, 2021 7:03 am Reply

    Aloha Ruta, and thank you for your letter. Under curbside recycling, you would have two trash containers, a gray one, like we have now, and a blue one for recyclables. The gray one you would have to pay for. The bigger the container, the more it will cost. But the blue one would be free. So the more you recycle, the easier it is on your checkbook.
    Let’s get behind curbside. It’s a win-win-win. We put less trash in our landfill which helps our environment, the county saves landfill costs, and we get a chance to save our hard earned $$..

  2. Cydney April 29, 2021 10:22 am Reply

    Aloha, I think resorts, vacation rentals and public areas should have purified water stations so that we can cut back on the use of single use plastic bottles. The amount of plastic that gets thrown away every day is terrible😕

    1. bourgeois May 1, 2021 4:12 pm Reply

      You might not know this, but every house in kauai has such a thing! They are called water faucets.

  3. WestKauai April 29, 2021 10:49 am Reply

    On Oahu and elsewhere, you get three containers: A gray one for rubbish, a blue one for mixed recyclables, and a green one for green waste. It seems to work there…

  4. Norm Smith April 29, 2021 6:06 pm Reply

    i have one simple question…. Where are these recyclables like plastic and glass going

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