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Cleaning Up Spilled Medical Waste to Protect Our Community, Marine Life, and the Environment

In January 2011 Oahu's only landfill, Waimanalo Gulch, temporarily closed down. As a result, an undetermined amount of medical waste was accidentally spilled into the ocean and was later found washing up on several Leeward beaches. Tulsi Gabbard, HHC's Vice President and co-founder, was one of the first people to show up on the closed beaches--gloves on and trash bags in hand. She was out there on the polluted beaches everyday, along with other HHC volunteers, picking up syringes, vials of blood, and other dangerous medical waste.

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