Oahu Chapter

Rise Above Plastics

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Plastic Pollution

Most plastic pollution at sea starts out on land as single-use plastic on beaches, streets and sidewalks. Sometimes the wind blows trash out of trash cans or rainfall flushes litter through a storm drain system or directly to streams that lead to the ocean. After plastics enter the ocean, they slowly photodegrade into smaller pieces that marine life can mistake for food, sometimes with fatal results. Hawaii acts as a filter for global plastic pollution, making our beaches some of the dirtiest in the world for accumulating marine debris.

Local Facts on Plastic

  1. The Dirtiest Beach on Oahu
    The dirtiest beach on Oahu is the Kahuku coastline. As an accumulation point, this area near Turtle Bay on the Northeast point of the island is notorious for high volumes of marine debris washing ashore. At a single cleanup with 100 volunteers, you can pick up 10,000 lbs. of debris from that beach in an hour and a half.

  2. Marine Debris on Oahu
    Due to the currents, the Windward (east) side of our island is inundated with marine debris from other parts of the world. Over 90% of what we pick up on those beaches is commercial fishing and aquaculture gear, like nets, ropes, buoys, hagfish traps, oyster spacers, and more. Some of these items come as far away as Asia and may have been floating at sea for several years. By the time they arrive on our beaches, much of it is microplastic, making it extremely difficult to clean up.

  3. Zero Waste & Waste Reduction
    Our throwaway culture addicted to convenience has lead to a growing trash problem. Overfilled trash cans, broken recycling systems, and the challenges of managing waste on an island requires us to rethink and recreate our culture. Changing and creating new policies to require more sustainable practices is key. Shopping in ways to reduce waste are also paramount: buying in bulk and refilling items at stores like Protea Zero Waste, going to thrift stores like Goodwill, and places like Reuse Hawaii are key to shift our consumer culture to a more sustainable and circular one. We need to simultaneously Vote With Our Dollars and demand top-down policy and business changes.

    Protea Zero Waste Store in Kailua

  4. Why H-Power is the Wrong Solution for Oahu
    H-Power burns essentially all of our residential and commercial waste on island (anything in your gray bins). It produces only about 5% of our island’s energy, and incineration is one of the most expensive and most toxic forms of waste management. The City’s current contract with Covanta / H-Power requires us to provide a minimum of 800,000 tons of trash annually or get fined millions of dollars. This has prevented the City from prioritizing waste reduction efforts as well as waste diversion, including food waste composting. The contract goes until 2032. We have a goal to get that contract re-negotiated to remove the minimum trash quota.

Youth Activism

High school, college and other youth have become increasingly empowered and active in demanding real change from our government and businesses to address plastic pollution. This video highlights their influence during the fight to pass Bill 40, which passed in December of 2019 as one of the most comprehensive single-use plastic bans in the nation.

Policy & Government Updates

Surfrider Foundation representatives continue to advocate for positive change around plastic pollution.

State Plastic Source Reduction Working Group (2020)
Our Coordinator sits on this working group which will provide formal recommendations to the Hawaii State Legislatuer

Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan Update (2019)
Surfrider activists and partners influenced this official 10-year City plan to include more language and commitment around waste reduction and zero waste concepts.

Honolulu Waste Composition Report (2017)
An official study on the waste we produce as an island. It finds that over 40% of the waste includes organics (food waste, paper, etc) that could be composted.

Partner Organizations

We work with incredible partner organizations to advocate for change around plastic pollution and in creating a more circular economy waste system. Some of these organizations include:

E-mail us to get involved at oahu@surfrider.org.

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