Recycle Hawai`i is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization serving the people of Hawai`i. We currently offer free public recycling educational services on behalf of the County of Hawai`i, the State Department of Health, and our contributors.
The mission of Recycle Hawai`i is to promote resource awareness and recycling enterprises in Hawai`i. To achieve this, we educate the community about sound resource management and recycling opportunities for a more environmentally sustainable future.
Help to keep Hawaii green by composting home and yard green waste. It doesn't have to be back breaking work when you learn the easy way to reap benefits of improved soil! Composting with worms is easy and fun by turning your kitchen scraps into garden gold.
Join us for a fun, interactive and informative two-hour workshop on Basic Composting. The first half of the workshop focuses on basic backyard composting techniques while composting with worms is covered in the second half. The workshop materials fee is $10 per adult. No charge for children 12 and under, A voucher for a free Earth Machine backyard composter, valued at $80, is given for each household completing the workshop. Worm bins and worms are also available for sale at the workshop. For more information view our Backyard Composting page here.
The event educates students and the community about the importance of creatively dealing with our island's waste issues. All K-12 schools and organizations working with youth can participate in this fun-filled program.
Entry submissions start in April. For more information view the Art of Recycling page here.
Winter 2014 Issue
To be included on our list to receive 'Keeping It Green' by e-mail,
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 hawaiizerowaste.org.
Gov. Abercrombie presents America Recycles Day Proclamation to Paul Buklarewicz,
Executive Director of Recycle Hawaii.
photo credit: Shadi Faridi
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.
For more information and to register, view the pdf here.
To read the Big Island Weekly article, click here
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.
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 www.recyclehawaii.org 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
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
E-waste recycling will still be offered on one Saturday (3rd) per month by the County at the Kealakehe Transfer Station.
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 hawaiizerowaste.org.
Recycling Bin Stickers for homes and businesses are
NOW AVAILABLE for pick up!
For more information: Hawai`i Beverage Container Deposit Program
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 August 1, 2010
Saturday & Sunday, 8 AM– 4:30 PM
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
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
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun,
8 AM– 4:30 PM
Directions to KRRC Kea`au Transfer Station: on Highway 130,
1st left past Humane Society Pahoa-bound
Tues, Thurs, Sat & Sun, 8 AM– 4:30 PM
Directions to Pahoa RRC at the Pahoa TS: Apaa St.
off of Pahoa Village Road
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:
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
Hilo Transfer Station: 1st Saturday of June & December
Kailua-Kona Transfer Station: 2nd Saturday of June & December
Pāhoa Transfer Station: