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I believe Mr. Lang brought up some very good point a long with one of the callers. I'm an industrial designer here in Portland, I've worked as a garbage and recycle truck driver, and I lived in Hawaii on Oahu for four years.
First Mr. Lang brought up the fact that the city of Honolulu need to to establish a recycling program! Hawaii touts itself as being very precautionary about allowing invasive species into the islands, I'm a little shocked that they would ever allow something from there to potenually harm someones else land, not very good Aloha Hawaii.
One of the callers mentioned the carbon pollution of transport of the garbage some two thousand miles. This is a very powerful point and should not be over looked.
All over Hawaii, signs, tv and radio spots, print advertisements encourage vistors and locals to "Protect the land" or “Malama Ka Aina, Pulama Na Mea Oiwi,” ("care for the land, cherish the spirit and the culture of the land and its people")
Given their spirit of wanting to do good. Hawaii should set it's sights on establishing state wide "craddle to craddle" certified product requirements for all inbound products to their state. In the mean time establish a state wide program that looks at waste as a resourse and not something to pass off to someone else would be a great start.
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