Today marked another day that folks around the Big Island came together to help clean up some illegal dump sites.
Today’s target was 9 dumping sites of MANY illegal dumping sites in the Hawaii Ocean View Estates area.
I’d like to personally thank the more then 70 volunteers that showed up and participated in this clean up that was partially funded by the County of Hawaii.
I’d like to say thanks to the following businesses, groups and agencies that were here this morning: Office of the County Prosecuting Attorney, Hawaii Police Department, Office of the Mayor, Prevent Illegal Dumping Task Force, Goodfellow Brothers Inc., Pacific Waste Inc., Superior Sanitation, Ocean View Auto Parts, Big Island Scrap Metal, Junk Yard Dog Towing, Arrow Hawaiian, Precision Construction, The Opala in Paradise Facebook Group, Kolohe Auto Repair and Big Island Gear.
A very special mahalo to Cynthia “Starsha” Young of Keep Hawaii Beautiful and to Mark Dubois of Atlas Recycling Centers for really stepping forward and getting this coordinated.
Also, to all those kind folks that showed up from The Kau Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. You folks really came out in numbers and the support was certainly appreciated.
I’d also like to personally thank Kevin Dayton of the Mayors office for taking video of it and submitting it to some of his contacts.
It’s not over… this was just the first step of several community clean-ups down there. Dubois then showed us this HUGE Lava Pit that is quickly getting used as an illegal dumpsite that will need to be taken care of with some heavy machinery.
As I was leaving… I noticed many more illegal dump sites in the area. I’m not sure what is going on in that area… it is good to hear that they finally got a “Temporary” transfer station put in there a year ago so maybe this will stop a bit.
Feel free to click on any of the pictures below for larger images… if your eyes dare:
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