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Recycle Or Incinerate? The Battle Of The Blue Bins Richard Wiens/Civil Beat

Recycle Or Incinerate? The Battle Of The Blue Bins

Burning more discards could save money as recycling gets more expensive, but environmentalists say it’s the cost of caring for the planet.

Audit: Honolulu Could Save Millions By Burning Recyclables For Energy City and County of Honolulu

Audit: Honolulu Could Save Millions By Burning Recyclables For Energy

Sorting and selling recyclables hauled away in blue bins no longer makes economic sense, the audit found.

Why It’s So Difficult To Clean Up This Honolulu Hoarder House Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Why It’s So Difficult To Clean Up This Honolulu Hoarder House

The city is seeking a court order to clean up a house where decades of piled trash have provided a haven for rats and feral cats.

Islandwide Sit-Lie Ban Gets Preliminary Approval Despite Opposition Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Islandwide Sit-Lie Ban Gets Preliminary Approval Despite Opposition

Three Honolulu City Council bills would further restrict where homeless people can be. Critics say that would worsen the problem.

Hawaii Officials To The Homeless: Go Away Natanya Freidheim/Civil Beat

Hawaii Officials To The Homeless: Go Away

An islandwide ban on sitting or lying on public sidewalks is among a slew of new bills aimed at moving homeless people out of public places.

Honolulu Council Sends Sprinkler Retrofit Bill To Advisory Panel Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Council Sends Sprinkler Retrofit Bill To Advisory Panel

A new committee will study which high rises are at greatest risk, fire safety technology and financial incentives for condo owners.

The Trouble With Trash For Local Volunteers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Trouble With Trash For Local Volunteers

The city has one disposal location for nonprofits throwing out trash from cleanups of public areas, but nonprofits say it’s too far too drive.

Audit: Some Honolulu Garbage Workers Take Excessive Sick Leave, OT Department of Environmental Services

Audit: Some Honolulu Garbage Workers Take Excessive Sick Leave, OT

The Department of Environmental Services lacks the resources to ensure residents follow the rules, a city audit found.

As Some Oahu Cemeteries Run Out Of Space, City OKs Expansion Courtney Teague/Civil Beat

As Some Oahu Cemeteries Run Out Of Space, City OKs Expansion

UPDATED 8/10/2017: Honolulu Council members vote to allow Kaneohe’s Hawaiian Memorial Park to grow by 28 acres.

Who Will Step Up To Save The ‘Stairway To Heaven’? Flickr

Who Will Step Up To Save The ‘Stairway To Heaven’?

So far no agency is willing to take on responsibility for the Haiku Stairs, a legendary hiking destination, from the Board of Water Supply.

Council Members Put Mayor’s Call For Sprinkler Retrofitting On Hold Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Council Members Put Mayor’s Call For Sprinkler Retrofitting On Hold

They approve a call for a fire safety group established more than 10 years ago to reconvene.

Honolulu City Council May Seek Crackdown On Waikiki ‘Floatilla’ Events Courtesy: DLNR

Honolulu City Council May Seek Crackdown On Waikiki ‘Floatilla’ Events

Councilman Trevor Ozawa wants the state to ban offshore alcohol use and disorderly behavior at holiday weekend events.

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