24 October 2023
by Alex Brinded

US Government invests in a Hawaiian reuse programme

More than $2.1mln is being invested in a reuse and refill system in Hilo, Hawaii, by the US Government.

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The US Environmental Protection Agency says the project aims to protect public health, replace single-use plastics and reduce marine debris, with the money focused on training, technical assistance and infrastructure.

The University of Hawai'i Sea Grant College Program's project aims to provide technical assistance to businesses that make or serve food in Hilo.

This includes site assessments, and training materials, as well as help in collections, and logistics to support reusable items.

The project will aim to improve human health and the environment, particularly disadvantaged communities, by decreasing plastic waste and reducing human exposure to chemicals of concern.

'This model reuse program will eliminate polluting single-use plastics and packaging to protect community health, cut waste and marine debris and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,' says EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Martha Guzman.

The money comes from President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda.

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Alex Brinded

Staff Writer