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 4, 2017, 8:30am – 3:30pm.
PĀHOA TRANSFER STATION: March 5, 2017, 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 for $5/gal. 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)