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County has advised that they will be relocating transfer station services for Pahoa to a temporary site located adjacent to the Pāhoa Skate Park off Kauhale Road.

The Pāhoa transfer station will be open for “rubbish” drop-off through Friday 10/24 at 6pm.  All recycling (County and contracted) will close by 12noon on Friday 10/24.

Pāhoa Reuse Center will reopen at the new site for donation drop-offs only starting Saturday 10/25/14 and will be fully operational on Monday 10/27/14

 More information from the County is here.

Beach Clean Up Days!

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New 'Keeping It Green' Newsletter

Download the latest issue of Recycle Hawai`i's 'Keeping It Green' Newsletter

Fall 2014 Issue
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 Upcoming Backyard Composting Workshops for Fall 2014

View the Backyard Composting page for workshops near you.


2014 Recycle Bowl for K-12 Schools

Register your school on-line by October 15 for this recycling collection incentive program.  Click here for more information

 New Hawai`i Island Recycling Guide, September 2014

Download the latest 2014 Hawai`i Island Recycle Guide - September 2014


Business Services Hawai’i has opened up 3 new sites HI-5 sites.

NEW LOCATION!  Kea'au Shipman Business Park (16-630 Kipimana St., Keaau, HI  96749)
OPEN DAILY: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

NEW LOCATION!  Pāhoa Recycling Center - Across the Pahoa Post Office
OPEN DAILY: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

NEW LOCATION!  Ocean View Recycling Center (Across Highway from Tiki Lane)
Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.



Dear Friends and Family of Skylar Nelson,

Please help us to raise funds to aid him in relief and recovery. Support Skylar and his family during this very difficult time. Your generous donations will help with recovery. He is at Queens Medical Center facing a very long road towards recovery and loss of employment.

The Nelson family operates Puna Kamalii Flowers that provides jobs for developmentally challenged individuals.  The Nelson’s have worked with Recycle Hawaii in diverting hundreds of tons of newspapers collected at the Keaau Recycling and Reuse Center (KRRC) since 2003.  Newspaper collected at KRRC and now at the Pahoa RRC are shredded and used as packing materials for shipping flowers ordered from Puna Kamalii Flowers.

Click here to support Skylar Nelson


2014 Art of Recycling Awards and Photos of Art Entries

Go to the Art of Recycling page here.


2013 Recycle-Bowl Competition State Champion

Keep American Beautiful announced that Pahoa High & Intermediate School as the Hawai`i State Champion of the 2013 Recycle-Bowl Competition. Kudos to the school's Green Club for all their efforts to divert thousands of pounds of discards and organic waste from the landfill. Read more about this nationwide recycling drive in our press release here.



Hilo Landfill, Sort Station, Scale House, Greenwaste & Mulch Operation Change of Hours

Effective Saturday, November 16, 2013, the Hilo Scale House, East Hawai‘i (Hilo) Sanitary Landfill, Sort Station, and Greenwaste & Mulch operations at the East Hawai‘i Organics Facility (EHOF) will be closed daily from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For more information, visit



Congratulations to Recycle Hawai`i!


Gov. Abercrombie presents America Recycles Day Proclamation to Paul Buklarewicz,
Executive Director of Recycle Hawaii.  
photo credit: Shadi Faridi




Department of Environmental Management Closure & Relocation - October 25, 2013

The Administrative Office of the Department of Environmental Management will be closed Friday, October 25th, to move to their new location.

As of Monday, October 28, 2013, the Department of Environmental Management Administrative Office will be located at the Department of Water Supply Bldg., downstairs, 345 Kekūanāo'a Street, Suite B, Hilo, HI 96720.

For more information, view the page here.



Students Strive for Zero Waste

To read the Big Island Weekly article, click here

To learn more about Zero Waste or our Educational Programs click on the respective links.


Programs for the 2013-14 School Year

On Hawai`i Island we will be scheduling Artists and the Environment presentations as well as presentations for our  "Zero Waste School Initiative" which we implemented last school year.
We are again encouraging schools on all the islands to register for our Earth-Friendly Schools Hawai`i (EFSH) program. Over 50 schools have been recognized as an Earth-Friendly School and over 100 schools have participated in EFSH projects. 

Learn more about Earth-Friendly Schools Hawai`i here


Effective Monday July 15th 4 HI-5 CRC’s on Hawaii Island will have a change in dates of operation (Hilo, Kealakehe, Keauhou and Waimea). View the HI-5 page here  and press release here:

HI-5 Change in Hours as of July, 15, 2013

Big Island Toyota (Kona)

Alternate sites in West Hawaii are Kealakehe High School Auto Shop (when school is in session); RPM in Kawaihae, and South Pt. U-Cart in Ocean View – check the Hawaii Island Recycling Guide or DIY-UMO page on the website for days/hours of operation of these sites.



Effective Thursday, March 28, 2013, the scrap metal receiving areas located at the HiIo
Transfer Station (E. Hawai`i) and the Kealakehe Transfer Station (W. Hawai`i) will be
closing down.
A scrap metal bin will be made available at the Hilo Transfer Station and the Kealakehe
Transfer Station for acceptance of RESIDENTIAL LOADS ONLY.
Those with motor vehicles and commercial loads are advised to seek an alternate dropoff

For more information view the pdf


Atlas Recycling has stopped collecting e-waste at their Kailua-Kona site

E-waste recycling will still be offered on one Saturday (3rd) per month by the County at the Kealakehe Transfer Station.


County of Hawai‘i Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance & Reusable Shopping Bags

Starting on January 17, 2013 County of Hawai‘i "Businesses shall not provide plastic checkout bags to their customers" for free, they "may make plastic checkout bags available for purchase for one calendar year" up to January 16, 2014. (County of Hawai‘i Ordinance No. 12-1 - PDF)  On January 17, 2014 County of Hawai‘i "Businesses shall not provide plastic checkout bags to their customers." To read the public meeting notice and for more information visit


Recycling Bin Stickers for homes and businesses are
NOW AVAILABLE for pick up!
For more information: Hawai`i Beverage Container Deposit Program


New Recycling and Transfer Station
Hours Finalized

County of Hawai`i Solid Waste Division New Hours


The Hawai`i County Department of Environmental Management
has changed the operating hours and days at
County Solid Waste Recycling and Transfer Stations
(a.k.a. Solid Waste Transfer Stations).

This change applies to the operating hours and days
for associated on site HI-5 Beverage Container Redemption Centers and Reuse Centers.

The new hours and days of operation are provided in the link below and took effect on July 1, 2014

Waimea RRC

Open daily, 9 AM– 4:30 PM
Directions to Waimea RRC: about a mile below Kamuela town center on
Hwy 19 (Kawaihae Road) Follow Solid Waste Transfer Station sign

Hawi RRC

Mon 11AM – 3:30PM, T, W, Th, 10:30AM – 5PM

from Hawi

Off of Akoni Pule Hwy turn onto Hawi Rd
go up .7 mile - turn Right on Ka`auhuhu Rd
travel on road .8 mile - Transfer Station will be on left side of street

from Kapa`au
Off of Akoni Pule Hwy turn onto Kynnersley Rd
go up 2 miles - turn Right onto Ka`auhuhu Rd
Transfer Station will be on the right side of street

Kea`au RRC

Open daily, 8 AM– 5:00 PM
Directions to KRRC Kea`au Transfer Station: on Highway 130,
1st left past Humane Society Pahoa-bound

Pahoa RRC

Open daily, 8 AM– 4:00 PM
Directions to Pahoa RRC at the Pahoa TS: Apaa St.
off of Pahoa Village Road


Calculate Your Carbon Footprint

A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact
that human activities have on the environment
in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases produced,
measured in units of carbon dioxide.
The EPA Website has a tool that allows you to calculate your carbon footprint:

Paradise Yellow Pages
(and all Phone Book) Recycle Bins

New year round recycle bins have been placed in Hawai`i
to give residents the flexibility to recycle their
out of date directories at their convenience:

Great American Self Storage 74-5499 Loloku St., Kailua-Kona
Everyday 8:30 a.m. — 5:30 p.m.

Town & Country Moving & Storage 888 Kalanianaole Ave Ste #B, Hilo
Mon. — Fri. 8:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.
969-1911 - Call first


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Upcoming Composting Workshops



Saturday, October 11, 2014
  Keaˈau Recycling & Reuse Center
Keaˈau Transfer Station
10 am – 12

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