Dumping household hazardous waste in your trash is harmful to the environment and may cause groundwater contamination. The County offers one-day collection events for residents to safely and properly dispose of these wastes.
Free HHW Collection Events:
HILO TRANSFER STATION: 1st Saturday in June & December, 7:30am – 2:30pm.
KEALAKEHE TRANSFER STATION: 2nd Saturday in June & December, 7:30am – 2:30pm.
WAIMEA TRANSFER STATION: March 3, 2018, 8:30am – 3:30pm.
PĀHOA TRANSFER STATION: March 4, 2018, 8:30am – 3:30pm.
Accepted: All types of batteries, used motor oil and automotive fluids, fluorescent lights, CFL bulbs, compressed gas cylinders, corrosives, pesticides, mercury thermometers, expired or unused prescription medications (non-narcotics), oil based paints, stains, solvents, thinners, garden supplies (plant & weed killers), poisons and miscellaneous household chemicals. No business or commercial waste!
Not Accepted: Business or commercial waste, farm waste, latex paint & base, explosives, flares, fireworks, biological or infectious waste, sharps (needles), controlled substances (narcotics), radioactive & shock sensitive materials, fire extinguishers and non-hazardous waste.
Latex Paint Reuse
Although latex paint is not considered hazardous, re-useable latex paints will be collected by Recycle Hawai`i at upcoming HHW events in Hilo, Kealakehe and Waimea. The Kea`au Recycling and Reuse Center accepts useable latex paints year-round; where they can be purchased. Batches no longer usable for painting should be hardened by exposure to air or by adding kitty litter or sand, then disposed of in the trash chute.
Contact EnviroServices: (808) 839-7222, or the County HazMat Infoline at 961- 8554 ext. 253. Visit the County recycling website at http://www.hawaiizerowaste.org/recycle/household-hazardous/ for a complete list of what’s accepted.
Why paint recycling? Waste paint is the largest household hazardous waste stream in the United States. More facts can be found here: WHY PAINT RECYCLING?
For details on what types of hazardous wastes residents may drop off, go to: Hawaiizerowaste.org Upcoming Events (pdf opens up in new window)
(facts from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries)