TAKE = act without shame
LEAVE = share without condition
WHATEVAS = trust without apology
It all started one day in 2004 when the city dropped off a blue recycling bin at our place. We were thrilled . “FINALLY!!,” we thought. Nerdily we put all our recyclables in it and waited for the pick up. And waited. And waited. We waited for two long years and they never came. Frustrated we took matters into our own hands. We made a simple wire mesh bin and attached a sign, “HI-5 / Take, Leave, Whatevas...” We put in our redeemables and set it up at our front yard. And viola they were picked up. Then unknown people dropped off their own redeemables!! And then these too were picked up!!! We thought if it worked so well at our front yard why not put them everywhere. The idea caught on very quickly. People invited us to do workshops. We collaborated with community groups. By our unscientific estimate over 1,000 bins have placed on O'ahu along with a few on Maui.
In 2011 the unexpected happened. The coordinator of Honolulu City and County’s Environmental Services (ENV) called us. Instead of freaking out or being defensive she told us she was very excited about the HI-5 bins. She liked the concept, the simplicity of the design and its community building potential. To make a long (and painfully bureaucratic) story short ENV officially adopted the HI-5 project in 2013.
Like we did before, ENV will work with anyone, particularly groups, to make and set up bins, providing instructions and all needed supplies.
Contact ENV @opala.org/solid_waste/learning_center/DIY_HI5_Public_Recycling_Containers.html
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