Big Island seeing less in state recycling funds

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Associated Press

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 23 at 1:03 PM

KAILUA KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The Big Island is seeing less in state funds to run glass and aluminum recycling centers despite higher fees for those who buy drinks.

West Hawaii Today reports (http://goo.gl/ln4V2Y) the state Department of Health has cut Hawaii County's share of funds from $765,000 to just under $484,000 for the year.

The Hawaii County Council is expected to adjust its budget on Wednesday to reflect the lower share.

Environmental Management Director Bobby Jean Leithead Todd says the county is disappointed, and has to live with the state's decision.

Consumers pay 6.5 cents per can or bottle for certain containers that can be recycled at centers. If they turn the container in, consumers get 5 cents back, while 1.5 cents goes to administrative costs.

The fee went up a half-cent in September.

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Information from: West Hawaii Today, http://www.westhawaiitoday.com

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