EnviroWatch, The State of Hawaii’s Environment

Carroll Cox, Executive Director EnviroWatch

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_images_carousel images=”3438,3440,3439,3437,3436″ onclick=”link_image” custom_links_target=”_self” mode=”horizontal” speed=”5000″ slides_per_view=”1″ autoplay=”yes” hide_pagination_control=”” hide_prev_next_buttons=”” partial_view=”” wrap=”” img_size=”550x 200″][vc_column_text]The mission of EnviroWatch is to assist the public in putting an end to environmental injustice by way of investigating and exposing environmental degradation, habitat destruction, poaching, clear cutting, pollution, animal cruelty, and government waste and abuse. The focus of Mr. Cox’s talk was illegal dumping or the unlawful deposit of any type of domestic, commercial or industrial waste.

Common types of illegal dumping activity we experience in Hawaii includes but is in no way limited to:

  • Household items (TV’s, mattresses and furniture) diapers
  • Building waste (construction and demolition materials), asbestos
  • Chemical drums and paint tins at roadside rest stops
  • Medical waste and prescriptions
  • Shopping carts
  • Radiators, tires, auto parts and abandoned vehicles

 

People dump waste illegally to avoid disposal fees at landfill sites or because they do not want to spend the time or effort disposing of or recycling their waste properly.

Offenders often go to extraordinary lengths to illegally dispose of waste and avoid detection and prosecution. Ironically, legal disposal may have cost far less in fuel, time and effort and many of the items illegally dumped such as garden waste, household items and computers can be easily recycled.

[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]People dump waste illegally to avoid disposal fees at landfill sites or because they do not want to spend the time or effort disposing of or recycling their waste properly.[/quote]

The trashing of Hawaii does not just stop with our garbage, large corporations are allowed to continuously pollute our water and lands, and the most current polluting is the ASIG/HFFC Sand Island 43,000 gallons of jet fuel leaked into the land at Sand Island. Carroll Cox, agrees that discarding trash needs to be easier. Over the past few months, he’s noticed that some of the city’s convenience centers have filled up before closing time. “They’re overwhelmed. The cans are backed up and they don’t have enough drivers” to take the garbage to the Waimanalo Gulch Landfill.

If someone is turned away with a load of trash, “What happens?” Cox asked. “Does he go back and take it off and wait for the next morning, when even then it’s a crap shoot whether you’ll be able to dump that day?”

Illegal trash dumping is a persistent problem that costs money and creates a bad impression for tourists. Unauthorized dumps also can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Dumping waste such as discarded trash, oil, appliances, scrap tires, furniture and other items on private or public land and waterways is strictly prohibited by law. In addition to being unsightly, illegal dumps pose health and safety hazards to people and wildlife.

“We’re going to have to change our ways and become more aggressive in cleaning it up,” Cox said. “It’s an eyesore, but not sore enough to motivate us to get something done.”

A picture is worth a thousand words!!!![/vc_column_text][vc_masonry_media_grid style=”all” items_per_page=”10″ element_width=”4″ gap=”5″ button_style=”rounded” button_color=”blue” button_size=”md” arrows_design=”none” arrows_position=”inside” arrows_color=”blue” paging_design=”radio_dots” paging_color=”grey” loop=”” autoplay=”-1″ item=”mediaGrid_ScaleInWithIcon” grid_id=”vc_gid:1429043774908-725ad5db-e58f-2″ include=”3436,3437,3438,3439,3440″][vc_text_separator title=”More about our Speaker” title_align=”separator_align_left” align=”align_center” color=”grey”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]It’s dangerous being an advocate for our aina, check out this May 2014 report here!

For more information: http://www.envirowatch.org/

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