With the worlds focus turning to sustainability and keeping earth green, Hawaiis homes have shifted to become more green and supportive of the global initiative to keep the planet clean for generations to come. Many of Hawaii real estate properties on Oahu have benefited from the Curbside Recycling Program initiated in 2007 and expanded to the rest of the island in 2008. Sponsored by the City and County of Honolulu in an effort to improve the sustainability and greenness of homes in Hawaii, the program has made recycling and disposal more efficient and environmentally-friendly.
Three years ago, the only curbside bin residents had access to was a simple black one for all refuse. Today, most Oahu residents have three similarly-sized bins: the black one for most trash, a blue one for mixed recyclables, and a green one for green waste. While most people are familiar with the black receptacle, the green one now takes grass, tree trimmings, and other landscaping waste. Most importantly, the blue container helps to recycle and re-use many renewable products, including newspaper, corrugated cardboard, glass bottles and jars, aluminum cans and plastic containers #1 and #2 plastic codes. Items picked up from blue disposal bins are sorted and re-used in order to lessen the strain for resources on the environment.