My regular (hopefully) weekly “Hawaii Monitor” column appeared on Civil Beat yesterday (“Demise Of Community Recycling Bins A Policy Failure“).
Here’s my lede:
You probably haven’t worried about this little-noticed impact of Honolulu’s daily newspaper monopoly.
The merger of the two formerly competing newspapers can be blamed, at least in part, for the demise of the city’s popular network of white community recycling bins, according to a recent city report.
The report released last month by the Department of Environmental Services said the shift to a single monopoly newspaper, coupled with the continuing drift of readers to digital access, reduced the amount of newsprint being deposited into the white bins, leaving more space for lighter cardboard boxes, often unflattened.
The result was a reduction in the average weight of a full bin by 50 percent or more, from two to three tons a decade ago to one ton. There was a similar decline in recycling revenue, the city says.
In any case, check it out if you haven’t read it already.