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Honolulu's recycling program has completed most of its audit recommendations

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The Honolulu Auditor’s office made 10 recommendations about the city’s recycling program in 2017.

It found that the Department of Environmental Services — which is responsible for Oʻahu’s waste management — needed to better implement parts of its recycling program.

The department was effective in diverting municipal solid waste from landfills. But with a declining market to buy and sell recyclable materials, it needed to find ways to offset costs associated with recycling.

The auditor recommended advocating for changes in the law to allow recyclable materials at H-Power, and to remove the white bin community recycling program.

The auditor’s office released a follow-up report this month. It found that six of the 10 recommendations had been completed, while four others were in process.

Those in process related to changes in state and county laws, and modifying existing contracts.

Those completed include evaluating the long-term financial cost of city recycling programs and educating the community.

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