Clean Up Ocean Waste in Hawaii

Target: Harry Kim, Mayor of Hawaii County

Goal: Prevent Big Island from becoming a polluted, plastic wasteland by restoring Hawaii County’s recycling program.

For decades, plastic waste has choked Hawaii’s Kamilo Beach. The isolated beach, located on Hawaii (or “Big”) Island, lies at the eastern edge of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a floating mass of nearly 90,000 tons of plastic. Strong currents have in the past washed up piles of plastic on Kamilo Beach some ten feet high, much of it decades old.

Local groups have made admirable efforts to clean up over 253 tons of this waste, but each year 15-20 more tons wash up on Big Island. Despite Hawaii being on the front line of the planet’s plastic waste, Hawaii Island officials suspended plastic recycling in 2019, and with no official funding or changes in corporate behavior, there’s no end in sight.

Sign the petition below to demand that Hawaii Island restore funding for recycling and support cleanup efforts on Kamilo Beach.


Dear Mayor Kim,

As much as 20 tons of plastic waste wash up on Kamilo Beach every year. This has gone on since the 1950s, with no end in sight. Hawaii Island’s position at the edge of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch makes it especially vulnerable to the incredible amount of plastic waste it contains.

Local groups have done wonderful work in recent years, but your county’s suspension of recycling and lack of coordination leave them fighting a losing battle. I urge you to restore the Hawaii County plastic recycling program and work with local cleanup groups to preserve the vibrancy and vitality of Big Island’s beaches.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Gilbert Nakayama

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  1. I urge you to demand Hawaii restore funding for recycling & support cleanup efforts on Kamilo Beach. Do not allow the ocean & shores to become clogged with plastic. There are things that can be made out of plastic & sold in stores. Please keep the recycling program.

  2. People like to relax on Hawaiian beaches and enjoy the ocean sightseeing but thye do not like to clean the envisronment. Great article that must attract attention of everyone who think about our ecology and nature.

  3. Jose Espino says:

    If humanity leaved and progressed fot thousand of years without plastic why can’t we just get rid of it now? Is either plastic or people, what’s your choice?

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