State raises rates paid at its recycling centers

HONOLULU (AP) – The state has increased the rates it pays for redeemable aluminum cans, glass bottles and plastic bottles.

The new rates were announced Wednesday by the Department of Health, which administers the HI-5 program.

Beginning Dec. 1, aluminum cans will fetch $1.60 a pound, up from $1.58; and bimetal cans will earn 29 cents per pound, up from 23 cents. Glass bottles will attract 12 cents a pound, up from 11 cents.

Mixed-size plastic bottles with a capacity of more than 17 fluid ounces will earn 94 cents per pound, up from 87 cents, while smaller plastic bottles will fetch almost $1.31 a pound, up from $1.22.