SEPT. 7, 2018 — On Aug. 15, members from the NOAA Marine Debris Program conducted a site visit to the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge and installed signage on a newly-purchased marine debris collection bin. This bin represents a collaborative effort to deal with O‘ahu’s long-standing issue of marine debris disposals at local convenience centers.
The dirtiest beach on O‘ahu is located on the North Shore. The remoteness of this coastline makes disposal challenging for partners, as the H-Power facility is located over 40 miles away.
To aid in disposal logistics, the NOAA Marine Debris Program, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Schnitzer Steel Hawaii, 808 Cleanups, Kōkua Hawai‘i Foundation, Sustainable Coastlines Hawai‘i, and Covanta, purchased a 40-yard cubic bin to collect marine debris. Community partners who conduct cleanups in the area will fill the bin with marine debris. Schnitzer Steel is providing transportation and processing of the marine debris, which will then be transferred and combusted into energy at the H-Power facility. All partners are hopeful that the bin and their collaboration will be an important tool in addressing the North Shore’s ever-growing marine debris issue.