Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 6:00pm

Honolulu Free Talk: "Letʻs make Reducing the new Recycling!"

Photo: Nicole Chatterson

Free admission, registration required, limited to 30 attendees.

Reduce, reuse, recycle--most of us know this "3 Rs" mantra well and most of us recycle. However, weʻve forgotten that recycling is not an excuse to not reduce. Of the 3 Rs, recycling is the least preferred--the mantra was designed to get us to reduce and reuse first! We know now that trash is not just a landfill issue, it is also an issue of then upstream pollution embedded in the items we make, use once, and toss. Letʻs get to the bottom of why recycling is not enough and review tangible ways we can help change this system!

This talk will cover:

  • Tangible ways reduce waste in your household/business.
  • A review of recycling guidelines for Oʻahu.
  • A discussion of why recycling is not enough (and how to recycle properly on Oʻahu).
  • Ways you can get involved in your community to help reduce waste.

Nicole is the Director of Zero Waste Oʻahu, a local organization working to build am equitable, waste-free future for Hawaiʻi through community engagement, policy transformation, and demonstration projects. She has been involved in the waste reduction movement since 2009, when she sailed through the Pacific Garbage Patch and saw first-hand how much our consumer culture is impacting our planet. Nicole has a B.A. in Environmental Science and Policy and an M.A. in Environmental Anthropology from UH Mānoa. She also a the Living Lab Coordinator at the University of Hawaiʻi System Office of Sustainability, where she designs and managed projects that will help the University meet itʻs sustainability goals.


Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 6:00pm