Mililani Man Wins Con­ser­va­tion Award

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Some­times in­no­va­tion is sim­ply a mat­ter of find­ing new ways to tackle old prob­lems.

Allen Evans did just that, and for his ef­forts the Mililani res­i­dent be­came the first re­cip­i­ent of the Hawaii En­ergy Con­ser­va­tion Award. The award is given to in­di­vid­u­als or or­ga­ni­za­tions that have shown lead­er­ship and in­no­va­tion in en­ergy con­ser­va­tion that make a pos­i­tive im­pact on the state.

“Our in­au­gu­ral Hawaii En­ergy Con­ser­va­tion Award has gone to a true hero,” stated Ray Star­ling, Hawaii En­ergy pro­gram man­ager. “Allen de­vel­oped a re­cy­cling ser­vice, the first of its kind in Hawaii, which breaks re­frig­er­a­tion de­vices down to the bare com­po­nents in­clud­ing oil, scrap met­als, re­frig­er­ant and other con­tain­ments. Prior to Allen’s ser­vice, older re­frig­er­a­tors and freez­ers in Hawaii were ei­ther dis­posed of im­prop­erly or sent to the garage or lanai to continue drain­ing elec­tric­ity.”

Evans, the pres­i­dent of Re­frig­er­ant Re­cy­cling Inc., a Kapolei-based com­pany, helped Hawaii En­ergy cre­ate and fine-tune its re­cy­cling chan­nels for the “Trade-up for Cool Cash” of­fer. The suc­cess of the pro­gram led to the res­i­den­tial “Bounty” of­fer last year.

The Trade-Up of­fer is avail­able to elec­tric util­ity cus­tomers who re­ceive a $125 re­bate when they pur­chase a new EN­ERGY STAR re­frig­er­a­tor and re­cy­cle their old, work­ing one.The goal of the Bounty pro­gram is to elim­i­nate a home­owner’s sec­ondary old, in­ef­fi­cient-but-work­ing ap­pli­ance.

Oahu house­holds that par­tic­i­pate in the pro­gram get $25 for turn­ing in their old re­frig­er­a­tors and freez­ers. Re­frig­er­ant Re­cy­cling will pick up and re­cy­cle the old ap­pli­ances at no cost to the owner.

To date, the Bounty and Trade-Up pro­grams have re­cy­cled ap­prox­i­mately 9,500 re­frig­er­a­tors and freez­ers while net­ting 300 tons of met­als, 8,300 pounds of re­frig­er­ant and 9,500 quarts of oil.

The Haleiwa Farm­ers Mar­ket re­opened Aug. 9 in its new home — 3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at Waimea Val­ley — with fresh pro­duce, food venders and live mu­sic by Alika Kalauli and Lopaka Brown to cel­e­brate the oc­ca­sion. Photo by Leah Friel, lfriel@mid­week.com.

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