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Swain Barber Foundation Grant funds Outreach & Education Programs

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Feb 6 Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival Recycling/Zero Waste Efforts
Call for Volunteers below


Advance Registration required, for more information, click here for the Backyard Composting Page


Call for Volunteers

Help at RH’s Zero Waste Sort Station and HI5 bins
2016 Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival
Saturday, Feb. 6, 9 am to 3 pm
FREE event in Waimea Town
Sign up for 2 hr shift; contact Marsha at 985-8725 or


  New Hawai`i Island Recycling Guide, February 2016

Download the latest 2016 Hawai`i Island Recycle Guide - February 2016


 New 'Keeping It Green' Newsletter

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

Winter 2016 Issue
To be included on our list to receive 'Keeping It Green' by e-mail, 
please contact us at 


Beach Clean Up Days! Saturday February 13, 2016 & March 5, 2016


View the flyer here.

beachcleanup 2016


County Recycles Holiday Trees!

To help make the holidays greener, the Solid Waste Division of the Department of Environmental Management will again offer Treecycling!

Between 12/26/15 and 1/17/16, residential customers may leave trees in the designated areas (not in the rubbish chutes) at any of the County Solid Waste Division Facilities during normal business hours except for the Milolii and Ocean View Transfer Stations. For more information view the PDF here.


Holiday Closures of Solid Waste Division Recycling & Transfer Stations and Landfills

All County of Hawai‘i Solid Waste Division Recycling & Transfer Stations and Landfills will be closed for the following Holidays:
Christmas Day – December 25, 2015 – Friday
New Year's Day – January 1, 2016 – Friday

For more information view the County's website page here.


KTA earns 2015 Keeping It Green Hawai‘i award

Recycle Hawai‘i and Earth-Friendly Schools Hawai‘i presented KTA Super Stores with a 2015 Keeping It Green Hawai‘i award as part of America Recycles Day. Learn more about this local family-owned supermarket business whose management, operations and customer service clearly demonstrate a commitment to the environment through its ‘Green Initiatives’: click here


2015 November AfterHours and Green Fair
Our Community, Our Business, Your Opportunity
November 18 – The Coconut Marketplace

For more information view the

The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce organizes its monthly pau hana event,
AfterHours where business leaders network and connect in a social setting.


LIGHT UP YOUR HOLIDAYS! AND support Recycle Hawaii

Solar Lantern cropped photo by MHee

The Little Solar Lantern with a Big Impact.
Ideal for camping, parties, blackouts, roadside assistance and more.  Just charge in the sun and light up your world!  
● Receive one FREE with a new or renewing Recycle Hawaii membership of $50 or higher category while supplies last until Nov. 15th (America/Hawaii Recycles Day).
 ● Support Recycle Hawaii for $25 each (shipping & handling included).  They make great gifts too.
To use credit card:
Or mail in your membership or solar lantern order to:
Recycle Hawaii, PO Box 4847, Hilo HI  96720


Mr K's Recycle and Redemption Center: Ewaste Collection Changes

Mr K's began charging for Commercial E-waste collection on Thursday, October 15, 2015 and Residential E-waste collection on Sunday, October 18, 2015, $0.40 per pound.


Due to the cancellation of the County of Hawaii Department of Environmental Management Education & Outreach contract, Recycle Hawai`i will no longer be hosting the 24/7 Recycling InfoLine  hotlines for West Hawaii - 329-2886 and East Hawaii  - 261-2676.
Callers requesting information about County of Hawaii services are advised to go to the  Department of Environmental Management website to obtain up-to-date information and get access to the proper person’s email or phone number.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park with the EPA’s Federal Green Challenge Regional Overall Achievement award.

Read more about it! and here on the EPA website


Greenwaste Program Changes - Disposal Fee
Implementation - July 1, 2015

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Environmental Management will begin charging a new tipping fee on July 1, 2015 to businesses that drop off greenwaste at recycling facilities in West Hawai‘i and East Hawai‘i. Revenue from the new fee will help to finance an expansion of greenwaste recycling services across the island.
For more information, view the webpage here


Hawi Reuse Center Change of Hours of Operation - May 18, 2015

The Hāwī Recycling & Reuse Center at the Hāwī/Ka‘auhuhu Recycling & Transfer Station will change their hours of operation starting on May 18, 2015.  The new hours of operation for the Hāwī Reuse Center will be Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Think Yellow, Go Green!

The Berry Company, LLC, proud publisher of the Hawaiian Telcom Yellow Pages, is partnering with schools on the islands of Hawaii, Kauai, Lanai, Maui and Molokai to launch Think Yellow, Go Green, the company’s annual environmental awareness and recycling campaign. The seventh-annual program kicks off Earth Day, April 22, through the end of May, and runs concurrent to the 2015 Hawaiian Telcom Yellow Pages directory delivery on the neighbor islands.

For more information view the website or the press release here.


2015 Art & Science of Recycling Update

Learn more about our Educational Programs here

Newly expanded program for PreK-12 students open to all schools & community groups on Hawaii Island.
Register now by April 8!

2015 Art & Science of Recycling Program details

Printable 2015 Art & Science of Recycling Program Information

Printable 2015 Art & Science of Recycling Registration & Final Report Forms


Cartoon for January 25 in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald

Citing uncertainty about oil prices and instability in the ownership of the state’s electric utility, Mayor Billy Kenoi on Friday yanked the plug on a proposed waste-to-energy incinerator. - See more at:

A local nonprofit whose director opposes Mayor Billy Kenoi’s plans for a waste-to-energy incinerator lost its longstanding contract to educate the community about recycling. - Read more at:


Kailua-Kona (Kealakehe) Mulch Assisted Mechanical Loading Increases to Daily Service - December 14, 2014

The County of Hawai‘i is pleased to announce increased services for West Hawai‘i!  Beginning Sunday, December 14, 2014, the Kealakehe Recycling & Transfer Station in Kailua-Kona will offer assisted mechanical loading of mulch every day (with loading fee).  This is an increase from the prior service available only on Thursdays and Saturdays.

The service will be available daily from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information, view the Hawaii Zero Waste website here


Rainbow Recycling Kona NOW OFFERING
Residential, Curbside Pickup

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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.


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




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


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


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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