1,365 pounds of waste collected over three day contest period
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 12 February, 2016 - Haleiwa, Oahu - Sustainable Coastlines Hawai'i today released a final analysis of waste diversion throughout the 2016 Volcom Pipe Pro at Pipeline.
Thanks to a partnership with the surf competition hosted by Volcom and the World Surf League, crew members were able to secure over ten waste diversion systems along the coastline and collect a total of 1,365 pounds over the three day contest period. This year marking a 12 percent improvement in waste diversion from the previous year's 74 percent diversion.
Of the total, 1,004 pounds were able to be diverted and sent to be recycled or composted, while 361 pounds were sent to H-Power, O'ahu's waste-to-energy facility. Composted materials were sent to be used at Waiehuna Farm, located across from Pipeline where they are composted and turned into fertile soil for the farm.
"Although we primarily focus on plastic pollution issues through coastal cleanups, the partnerships to reduce event impacts on communities means reaching a larger audience to share the issues of over consumption and our throw away culture," said Kahi Pacarro, Executive Director of Sustainable Coastlines Hawai'i. "We hope our work influences more people to inspect their own waste stream and see where they can reduce the amount of trash they create. Even more, get fired up to join us at an upcoming cleanup!"
In addition to waste diversion, Sustainable Coastlines Hawai'i opened the doors to the Education Station, a mobile classroom set in a repurposed 20-foot shipping container. Every night that the competition ran, the public was invited to check out the container for themselves along with enjoying one of Volcom's many exciting surf movies.
Sustainable Coastlines Hawai'i has hosted 58 fun, hands-on beach cleanups throughout the state, and has recruited over 17,467 volunteers to remove plastics from Hawai'i's coastlines. The organization provides a wide range of other services, including hosting team building events, providing plastic-free education, and supporting self-organized cleanups.