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 New Hawai`i Island Recycling Guide, February 2015

Download the latest 2015 Hawai`i Island Recycle Guide - February 2015


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:


New 'Keeping It Green' Newsletter

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

Winter 2015 Issue
To be included on our list to receive 'Keeping It Green' by e-mail, 
please contact us at 


 Trashed FlyerREVISED-Recycle-Hawaii

“TRASHED” with Jeremy Irons
We buy it, we bury it, we burn it and then we ignore it. Does anyone think about what happens to all the trash we produce? We keep making things that do not break down. We have all heard these horrifying facts before, but with Jeremy Irons as our guide, we discover what happens to the billion or so tons of waste that goes unaccounted for each year.
Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution. This is a meticulous, brave investigative journey that takes Irons (and us) from scepticism to sorrow and from horror to hope.
Wednesday, January 28*, 5 PM
Thursday, January 29*, 6 PM
Palace Theater, Hilo
Saturday, January 31*, 1 PM  
Uncle Robert's, Puna
*Special Guests: Paul Connett,  chemist & author “Zero Waste Solutions”  
Rick Anthony, COH Zero Waste Implementation Plan,
Hawaii Wildlife Fund & Recycle Hawaii
$5 minimum donation (students free with ID)
Sponsored by Hawai‘i Zero Waste Alliance, Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund & Recycle Hawai‘i


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


 Upcoming Backyard Composting Workshops for Winter 2015

View the Backyard Composting page for workshops near you.


Rainbow Recycling Kona NOW OFFERING
Residential, Curbside Pickup

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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!

Join HWF for a cleanup this season!

HAPPY NEW YEAR :)  Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund wishes you and your ‘ohana the very best in 2015 and we hope to see you soon.  Starting tomorrow, HWF has a round of community cleanup events in the coming months.  See above map for locations (thank you Google!) and below for sign-up details:

1) On Fri. JAN 23rd – HWF will collaborate with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii (Oʻahu) and the Kona Brewing Company “KBC” to clean up around the hoists at South Pt / Ka Lae.  Cleanup takes place from 10am – 12 noon and free lunch from KBC after that.  Folks with 4WD vehicles will join us to clean up from Kaulana Boat Ramp to Pohakuloa (just south of Green Sands), participants without 4WD vehicles will clean up the derelict fishing gear and cigarette butts around South Point.  Meet at the Ka Lae cliffs @ 9:30am. More info @

2) On Sat. FEB 7th - HWF will host our Kaʻū Community Coastal Cleanup event at Pāʻula / Lepana on the Kalaemanō property.  Volunteers are asked to RSVP to (or use the link below) – 4WD vehicles are needed and space is limited in our vehicles.  This cleanup is made possible with logistic support by Kuahiwi Ranch.  Meet us at Waiʻōhinu Park at 7:45am for carpool/caravan to cleanup site.

3) On Sun. MARCH 15th – HWF will team up with Kona Boys and Hawaii State Parks for our 2nd annual kayak and cleanup event at Kaʻawaloa (Captain Cook Monument) in South Kona.  Space is very limited so please contact us early to hold your spot.  Volunteers must be over 16 and be able to swim, paddle a kayak, and haul debris over 25 lbs.  More info from .

4) On Sat. MARCH 28th – HWF will host another Kaʻū Community Coastal Cleanup event at Kamilo Point along the Waiʻōhinu coastal strand.  Volunteers are asked to RSVP to (or use the link below) – 4WD vehicles are needed and space is limited in our rides.  Meet us at Waiʻōhinu Park at 7:45am for carpool/caravan to cleanup site.

These cleanups are made possibly by grant funding from NOAA's Marine Debris Program and in-kind support from community groups and businesses.  If you'd like info about how you can help contribute, please contact us directly.  More cleanups (including ones at Ka'ehu, Maui) are listed on our online calendar – check out our website at for more info.



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


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




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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Saturday, January 17, 2015
Volcano Garden Arts
19-3834 Old Volcano Road, Volcano
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