Hawaii Goes Hard on Construction Recycling

Proposed law asks builders to recycle 60% of their materials waste.

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Honolulu is serious about recycling–in fact, so serious that they’re now considering putting into law strict requirements for builders to recycle 60% of their waste material. We don’t yet know what the penalty is for violating the proposed
recycling law (we’ve asked Hawaii officials), but we do know that Hawaii has pretty hefty fines for
related violations, such as $25,000/day for illegal dumping.

“The bill would require that 60 percent of the weight of all construction and demolition waste be reused or recycled,” Pacific Business News reports. “The material would include concrete, rock, brick, wood, mansonry, roofing, plaster, steel, and other metals, such as copper.” Hawaii has even gone so far as to require contractors to prove its recycling by showing receipts from the recycling facility used.

Investments in sustainable technology are projected to drastically increase in the coming years, which may be influencing the promoters of the bill to keep trying. The bill died previously, but locals are optimistic this time around. As LEED and other sustainable jargon is picking up steam in Hawaii, the promoters of the bill, including Re-use Hawaii, are hopeful.

[Original photo via Flickr/FHKE]

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Jenara is an overseas reporter for Fast Company and a freelance writer/producer in Asia, regularly on CNNGo, and a graduate of Harvard and UC Berkeley.