Honolulu, Hawaii


RE: H.B. No. 562

H.D. 1

S.D. 1




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii




Your Committees on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health and Agriculture and Environment, to which was referred H.B. No. 562, H.D. 1, entitled:




beg leave to report as follows:


The purpose and intent of this measure is to require the Department of Health to convene a construction waste reuse and recycling working group to develop recommendations for implementing requirements for the reuse, recycling, or donation of construction waste.


Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Health, Department of Accounting and General Services, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, Oahu County Democrats, Ulupono Initiative, Roofing Contractors Association of Hawaii, EcoTipping Points Project, Sierra Club of Hawaii, Building Industry Association of Hawaii, International Code Council, and one individual. Your Committees received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Department of Design and Construction of the City and County of Honolulu.


Your Committees find that Hawaii has made significant strides in reducing the amount of solid waste deposited in landfills in recent years, with recycling and H-Power accounting for an almost seventy-five percent reduction in municipal waste on Oahu alone. However, the waste issues that remain are becoming increasingly complex and challenging to mitigate. Construction and demolition waste, which constitutes a significant portion of the State's total waste stream, is of particular concern because the State has limited sites equipped to efficiently handle this type of waste. Your Committees further find that the working group established by this measure brings together construction industry and recycling experts with the goal of providing the Legislature with workable recommendations on how to reduce, reuse, and recycle construction and demolition waste in Hawaii.


Your Committees have amended this measure by:


(1) Amending the membership of the working group to include representative from Re-use Hawaii and Hawaii Materials Recycling, LLC;


(2) Inserting an effective date of July 1, 2019; and


(3) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.


As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health and Agriculture and Environment that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 562, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 562, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health and Agriculture and Environment,