How to Encourage Recycling in Your Neighborhood

TAKE = act without shame

LEAVE = share without condition

WHATEVAS = trust without apology

Yeah, yeah we know that recycling systems, no matter how comprehensive, do nothing to deal with gluttonous First World consumption patterns and the {sad} packaging around all the {sad} shit we buy. Like the rest of the United States, Hawai’i fully takes part in the destruction of the earth.

In 2004, the Hawai'i State government implemented a {sad} system to encourage recycling. It imposed a 6¢ consumer deposit for each beverage container marked HI-5. Five of the six cents are redeemed when/if the empty containers are taken to a redemption center. O'ahu is the most populated island in Hawai’i. With a population of approximately 900,000 on 607 square miles, there are only 62 redemption centers. Makeshift, nomadic, and {sad}, generally in vacant parking lots, these centers are open for business on different days and hours, making it extremely difficult even for the most motivated.

There are few 'public' HI-5 recycling bins because the State has not allocated funding for pick up. {Sad}ly, since the State of Hawai’i values education as little as sustainability, schools (along with civic and social organizations) often use the HI-5 system as a fundraising mechanism. ‘Private’ HI-5 bins spring up here and there, locked and monitored, along with its own political economies, primarily replicating state-approved systems of property and authority, and ultimately morality and belonging.

Sick and tired of this nonsense, we designed some {funny} Anarchist Bins. (Hint: They are anarchist because they are not public nor private, belonging to no one AND everyone.)

We are putting them everywhere and you (meaning YOU the reader) can, too. If you are in Hawai'i or another locale lacking in a solid recycling system, you can:

A- Get a Bin or a Bin Kit from us <bins@nomoola.com>.

B- Invite us to do a bin-making workshop with your people.

C- Make your own (downloadable instructions).

D- Donate money to buy more material to make bins.

If you set up some bins, send us their locations and photos so we can add them to our map and blog.

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