Make Room For Trash: Hawaii’S Waste Problem. Hawaii Is

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Make Room for Trash: Hawaii’s Waste Problem Hawaii is an excellent way to predict how we will solve environmental problems in a more human-filled future, not because it is densely populated, but because it is an island far away from any major land masses. Because of how little land there is in or close to Hawaii, inhabitants must import food, gas, and manufactured goods. Many other states also do this, but none of them are located in the middle of the Pacific. You can see the effect of shipping costs in something as simple as milk: in Hilo, Hawaii, milk costs about $6.21 while in Hartford, Connecticut—a state similar in size and denser in population—milk costs about $3.65 (Numbeo). Hawaii’s separation along with its small size make many…show more content…
Some of the less-populated islands haven’t always had recycling plants, and Hawaii’s trash incinerator is located on Oahu. Though the less-populated islands don’t have as many problems dealing with their trash, being unprepared could lead to problems in the future. In addition, not needing to deal with trash management immediately leads to less environmentally friendly habits, which also affect the future. Other features of Hawaii, such as the economy, also effect trash management, namely tourism. In 2015 about 8.5 million people visited Hawaii—that’s almost six times as much as its population of 1.4 million (Hawaii Tourism Authority). Though city and state governments in Hawaii encourage waste consciousness, tourists are often not aware of the waste problems. Though only estimates are available, it is clear that tourists and tourist centered businesses produce a significant amount of waste, as well as a large amount of water and power consumption (Saito). Tourists don’t have to deal with the problems they contribute to, so they can easily ignore the issues. Additional issues arise because of Hawaii’s garbage disposal system. One of Hawaii’s most successful garbage disposal endeavors is Oahu’s H-Power Plant. However, this trash incinerator—or refuse derived fuel plant—is not complication free. While it saves money by producing energy and managing waste, the construction and upkeep of the plant can be costly, meaning that it

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