Aloha 808 ʻOhana! Big Mahalo to all of you for joining us in taking action: Removing litter, marine debris, and graffiti tags from the environment!
Litter and marine debris are problems that none of us asked for, but ones that WE MUST COME TOGETHER AS A TEAM TO SOLVE.
Some of you may be aware that one of the less clearly outlined steps in what we do is DISPOSAL. This article gets you up to speed on the issue: http://www.civilbeat.org/2017/08/the-trouble-with-trash-for-local-volunteers/
So it is GREAT to see some MOVEMENT to get this resolved! Please watch the video and check out Bill 108 that looks to do exactly that.
In response to the testimony in the video, we here at 808 Cleanups had offered all data to the Dept of ENV services at a meeting with them in August 2017. Data going back to 2015, including but not limited to: Total weight per cleanup, location of each cleanup, specific types of debris for each cleanup, and number of volunteers involved in each cleanup. Our goal is to make sure all departments have the resources they need to handle these ocean plastics and nets hitting the shores. They can use our data for that very purpose.
It is our position that City and State should be doing everything in their power to SUPPORT community members, LIKE YOU, who are putting in their time, energy, and resources for a Cleaner, Safer and Stronger Hawaiʻi!
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