Visit Oahu 's Trashy Side of Life

Real Estate Agent with Robin McCann Realty

We've all heard the saying "take a a walk on the wild side". I would like to suggest a bus tour of Oahu 's trashy side of life. The second is more fun, much more interesting and very educational.

You can view the trashy side of Oahu by taking a Tour de Trash. Tour de Trash is an award-winning free educational program offered by the City of Honolulu . 2009 makes the eleventh consecutive year that the tour is being offered to the public. There are are a total of six unique bus tours thoughout the year. 

The first Tour de Trash for 2009 will be held on January 15. Tour de Trash (#1) will feature a visit to the Recycling (Ihilani) bins - photo opala.orgSheraton Waikiki (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) demonstrating Work Place Recycling. The tours allow participants to see and learn about opala (waste/trash) processing and successful recycling programs instituted by various island businesses.

To learn more about the Tour de Trash program, the sites the tours will be visiting and about Oahu's outstanding efforts to reduce waste visit the Honolulu 's Department of Environmental Services website page:

To register for a tour, call 768-3200. Tours de Trash are quite popular and fill up very quickly, so be sure to register now for this tour or for one of the later in the year. Special group tours are also offered for organizations, groups, and educators.

While we are on the subject of opala, be sure you Christmas tree does not become part of the problem, but is part of the solution. You can "chip-in" on January 10th. The Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center and Sandy Johnson of Nanakuli have joined forces to offer free tree recycling. Sandy will be chipping Christmas trees into mulch at the Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sandy  is donating his time and his chipping machine in the Aloha Spirit to help reduce, reuse and recycle.

Bring a bag along with the tree and you can take some free mulch home with you. By the way, it is not required to bring a tree to take advantage of the free mulch give-away. Mulching benefits include water conservation, minimizing weeds, warding off insects and cats. As the mulch breaks down into compost it also adds nutrients to the soil.

Be sure your tree is bare and that the stand has been removed. Trees with decorations, tinsel or flocking cannot be chipped.

If you have questions regarding the Christmas tree recycling, please call Desiree Hikuroa at 697-3599 or you can email her at

The Aloha Spirit means much more than just friendly kisses given while bestowing leis around some one's neck. The Aloha Spirit is community, taking care of one another and our environment. Taking care of our environment includes how we deal with our trash.




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