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3:38 p.m. One Year, 18,000 Tons of Recyclables

The city’s curbside recycling operation collected 18,000 tons of mixed recyclables in Fiscal Year 2011. And while more than half of plastics, glass and aluminum is now diverted from the waste stream, the city can do better.

That’s the topline takeaway from a new report on the city’s recycling efforts, published Monday by the Department of Environmental Services with the help of the Cascadia Consulting Group.

“We’d like to move to a 75 percent recovery rate,” ENV Director Tim Steinberger said in a press release. The diversion rate cited in the study for mixed recyclables is 52 percent.

The materials placed in blue carts by residents generated $1.5 million of revenue for the city, according to the study.

2:54 p.m. City Department of Tree-Cutting

With Christmas decorations already making Honolulu Hale sparkle on the inside, now the heavy lifting can begin.

The city announced today that workers will harvest a 65-foot Norfolk pine in Kalama Valley near Koko Head and transport it downtown to be the centerpiece of the Honolulu City Lights display this holiday season.

The tree, according to a city press release, was donated by Joyce Aguirre and will be installed Thursday at 10 a.m.

For the record, the folks actually handling the work are in the Department of Parks and Recreation Urban Forestry Division.

1:27 p.m. Full Slate of Government Meetings

OK, back to business.

The next few days are littered with public meetings after very few last week. Here’s a brief rundown:

Honolulu City Council Committees

  • 9 a.m. Tuesday — Committee on Safety, Economic Development and Government Affairs (agenda)
  • 10:30 a.m. Tuesday — Committee on Parks and Cultural Affairs (agenda)
  • 1 p.m. Tuesday — Committee on Executive Matters and Legal Affairs (agenda)
  • 9 a.m. Wednesday — Committee on Budget (agenda)
  • 1 p.m. Wednesday — Committee on Public Works and Sustainability (agenda)
  • 9 a.m. Thursday — Committee on Zoning and Planning (agenda)
  • 1 p.m. Thursday — Committee on Transportation (agenda)

Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation

  • 8 a.m. Thursday — Human Resources Committee (agenda)
  • 9:30 a.m. Thursday — Finance Committee (agenda)
  • 10:30 a.m. Thursday — Board of Directors (agenda)

11:57 a.m. Back To Normal

Now that APEC is behind us, local officials are working to put things back together.

The city, for example, announced this morning that Kapiolani Boulevard contraflow would be in effect and that all TheBus routes would be back to normal operations.

Read the full story here: Honolulu: Roads Back to Normal By Monday Afternoon

Where’s Carlisle?

With APEC now in the rear view mirror, Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle and the city can start to clean up, run some analysis, and get back to the business at hand.

Here’s Carlisle’s public schedule for this past weekend and the rest of this week, made available by his office Friday.

Saturday, November 12th

  • 8:00 am-5:30 pm—Mayor Carlisle attends the APEC CEO Summit throughout the day when possible. Sheraton Waikiki Hotel.
  • 8:00 am—Mayor Carlisle attends a wreath laying ceremony by the government of Japan. National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.
  • 10:00 am—Mayor Carlisle attends a wreath-laying ceremony by Republic of Korea President Lee Myung-bak to express gratitude and respect for Korean War veterans. National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.

Sunday, November 13th

  • 2:00 pm—Mayor Carlisle attends the Hawaii-China Business Forum “Transforming to Clean Energy” with Hawaii State House of Representatives Speaker Calvin Say and the China CEO delegation to APEC. Hawaii State Capitol, House of Representatives Chamber.
  • 5:30 pm—Mayor Carlisle attends a Filipino Community Gala Dinner for Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino. Hilton Hawaiian Village, Tapa Ballroom.
  • 7:30 pm—Mayor Carlisle delivers closing remarks at the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade and Bank of Hawaii China-Aloha Business Leaders’ Night. Koolau Ballrooms and Conference Center.

Wednesday, November 16th

  • 9:15 am—Mayor Carlisle attends a Bronze Star Award Ceremony in honor of Staff Sergeant Arthur E. Ross, a World War II veteran. Heroes Green, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
  • 4:00 pm—Mayor Carlisle delivers remarks and presents an award at the Waikiki Improvement Association’s 2011 Annual Membership Meeting. Princess Kaiulani Ainahau Showroom.

Thursday, November 17th

  • 2:00 pm—Mayor Carlisle attends a celebration of Alaska Airlines’ inaugural nonstop service between Honolulu and San Diego. Honolulu International Airport, Central Concourse.
  • 8:00 pm—Mayor Carlisle appears on the PBS Insights show. PBS Hawaii Studio.

Friday, November 18th

  • 10:00 am—Mayor Carlisle attends a Navy Region Hawaii change of command ceremony at which Rear Admiral Dixon R. Smith will be relieved by Rear Admiral Fernandez L. Ponds. Battleship Missouri Memorial, Ford Island.

Read Previous Editions of Inside Honolulu

November 7: Tuesday Events; The County of West Oahu?; APEC Press Briefing; Until the Fat Lady Sings; Tales From Washington; Where’s Carlisle?

November 4: Carlisle’s Weekend Sked; News Before Breakfast; Honolulu a Digital City; City’s Energy Consumption; Occupy Honolulu Saturday; City’s Final ORI Plan; From $2,500 To $560 Million; Alternate Sludge Technologies: The Response; Where’s Carlisle?

November 3: Laulani Village Shopping Center Breaks Ground; Two In, Two Out; City Meets HUD Deadline; ‘I Wouldn’t Be Surprised’; Rematch: Caldwell Running For Mayor; ZBA, Finally; HART Meetings This Morning; Where’s Carlisle?

November 2: Homeless Possessions Bill Advances; APEC Reimbursement Reso Adopted; Airport Sheriffs Get Pepperball, Too; Berg’s Rail Charter Amendment Dies; Sign Bill Deferred; ‘An Unsuccessful Third Generation Real Estate Developer’; Lecture From A Freethinker; $37 Million, Please; Missed Deadline?; Berg: Split Up Ewa Beach; Two Days; Kauai Hiking Water Rates, Too; On The Agenda; Today’s Council Honorees; Where’s Carlisle?

November 1: Rod Tam Sentencing Today; Where’s Carlisle?

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