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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events on the Big Island

Household Hazardous Waste collection events will occur between 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., as follows:

  • Saturday, December 7, 2013, at the Hilo Recycling and Transfer Station.
  • Saturday, December 14, 2013, at the Kailua-Kona (Kealakehe) Recycling and Transfer Station.

These events are for household-generated and self-hauled waste only.  No business or farm wastes and NO electronic waste will be accepted.


The County of Hawai‘i Department of Environmental Management holds these regular collection events so households can conveniently dispose of acceptable HHW in a manner that protects both public health and the environment.  Some acceptable HHW are automotive fluids, used batteries, fluorescent lights and pesticides.  For a more complete list of acceptable or unacceptable HHW, please visit our website hawaiizerowaste.org. The website includes other useful information on solid waste diversion and recycling.

If you are unable to attend the events described above, the next scheduled HHW Collection Events will be on Saturday, March 1, 2014 in Waimea and on Sunday, March 2, 2013 in Pāhoa.

Please direct your comments or questions regarding these HHW Collection Events to Linda Peters, Recycling Coordinator with the Department of Environmental Management at 961-8942 or email to lpeters@co.hawaii.hi.us.  Mahalo for your kōkua.


Consumer Electronics Industry to Team with ERI for Hawaiian E-Waste Recycling Events

Partnering with the Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Company (MRM), in an effort to properly recycle unwanted consumer electronics in the state of Hawaii, Electronic Recyclers International (ERI) has announced two one-day opportunities for Hawaiians to recycle e-waste on Saturday, October 19th. Both events are free to the public, and accepted items include computer equipment, televisions and mobile devices.


For this special manufacturing takeback program, ERI, the largest recycler of electronic waste in the nation, partnering with a number of electronics manufacturers and a local recycling organization in Hawaii, safely recycles all e-waste collected across the Hawaiian islands. Manufacturers work through MRM to sponsor the events. Sponsoring manufacturers include Funai Corporation, Inc., Hitachi America Ltd., Imation, JVC America, Mitsubishi, Orion, Panasonic, PLR IP Holdings (Polaroid), Sanyo Manufacturing Corp., Sharp, Toshiba and VIZIO.

The special e-waste collection events will take place at the following venues:

· Kaimuki High School (2705 Kaimuki Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96816), as part of the 10th Annual Community Cleanup for many items beyond electronics — 9:00 – 1:00 pm

· Kapolei Middle School (91-5335 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei, HI 96707) — 1:00 – 5:00 pm

For those unable to participate in the events, MRM-participating manufacturers and ERI have provided and continue to provide the community an opportunity to safely unload their old computers, television sets and other out-dated, unusable or unwanted consumer electronic items via permanent drop off locations across the Hawaiian islands for proper recycling that is safe and environmentally sound.

“With their collaborative support and proactive actions in Hawaii – and across the U.S. as well,” said Tricia Conroy, MRM’s Executive Director, “ERI has continued to be an organization we are proud to partner with. Just as the manufacturers that make up MRM are leaders in the electronic profession by being responsible recyclers of electronic waste and stewards of the environment, so too is ERI. ERI uses innovation and a commitment to doing things right to help forge processes that benefit all of us as well as our planet’s natural resources.”

“Partnering with the responsible electronics manufacturers through MRM to benefit the good people of Hawaii has been and continues to be an honor and a privilege, and the events we are holding later this week are no exception,” said John Shegerian, Chairman and CEO of ERI. “MRM has proven to be a partnering of manufacturing organizations that has been forward-thinking in terms of environmental concerns. That we have already prevented literally millions of pounds of electronic waste from ending up in landfills in Hawaii through our partnership with MRM is a further example of just what can be accomplished when great organizations pool their resources for the common good.”

“Events like these are so important because they help the local residents unload the electronic junk that’s just sitting around while also benefiting the environment,” said Nik Nikolaidis of T&N Computer Recycling Services, who will be collecting the e-waste at the events. “We are proud to be able, alongside MRM and ERI, to help Hawaii’s residents become more environmentally responsible by offering them convenient opportunities to safely dispose of their old electronic devices.”

For local information about these special recycling events, consumers can contact Nik Nikolaidis of T&N Computer Recycling Services at (808) 371-0281. Also, consumers can visit the Hawaii MRM webpage (http://mrmrecycling.com/locator_hi.htm) for ongoing collection information.

For more information on general recycling needs, visit www.electronicrecyclers.com, http://1800recycling.com or www.urbanmining.org.


County of Hawaii to Begin Collecting Electronic Waste

The County of Hawai`i Department of Environmental Management will begin collecting residential e-waste this Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011.

“We‟re very pleased to provide this convenient e-waste collection service on a regular schedule for our residents,” said Dora Beck, acting Director of the Department of Environmental Management. “The demand for this service has been steadily increasing and we appreciate that many people have been holding on to their e-waste until this safe and appropriate means of diversion became available.”

E-waste collection sites will be staffed with attendants to assist residents with the proper disposal of e-waste and other items. “Our department is working very hard to help keep our island clean, healthy and safe,” said Beck.

Residential e-waste collection sites will accept TVs, monitors, laptops, VCRs/DVD players, stereo receivers/amplifiers, UPS systems, cameras, cellular and landline telephones.

The residential collection service will follow the rotating schedule below at the four Recycling and Transfer Stations in the County:

  • Wai‘ōhinu Transfer & Recycling Station:  Saturday, October 1, and every first Saturday of the month thereafter.
  • Waimea Transfer & Recycling Station:  Saturday, October 8, and every second Saturday of the month thereafter.
  • Kealakehe Transfer & Station:  Saturday, October 15, and every third Saturday of the month thereafter.
  • Hilo Transfer & Recycling Station:  Saturday, October 22, and every fourth Saturday of the month thereafter.


Please note: All e-waste collection sites open from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

1st Saturday:  Wai‘ōhinu Transfer Station (Residential only)

2nd Saturday:  Waimea Transfer Station (Residential only)

3rd Saturday:  Kealakehe (Kona) Transfer Station (Residential only)

4th Saturday:  Hilo Transfer Station (Residential only)

Last Friday:

The County will collect commercial e-waste from businesses and government agencies by appointment only on the last Friday of each month at the Hilo Sort Station. TVs, computers, monitors, laptops, VCRs/DVD players, stereo receivers/amplifiers, UPS systems, cameras, cellular and landline telephones, fax machines and copies will be accepted. Tipping fees will apply. For an appointment, call 961-8270.

Residential and commercial e-waste collection is also available at Mr. K‟s Recycling and Redemption Center, 815 Kinoole St., Hilo (895-4471) though charges may apply to dispose of certain e-waste items.

For more information, please visit www.HawaiiZeroWaste.org.

Reuse Center at the Pahoa Recycling and Transfer Station Will be Closed Temporarily Beginning This Week

The Reuse Center at the Pahoa Recycling and Transfer Station will be closed temporarily beginning this week for the construction of improvements that will make it a better resource for the community.

The County Department of Environmental Management plans to enclose the Pahoa reuse center partially to make it easier to manage the reusable items that are made available to the public.

The Pahoa reuse facility is expected to reopen in November under a new contract for the operation of reuse centers at County transfer stations island-wide by a private vendor.

The County has issued a public Request for Proposals (RFP) for that contract which is expected to be issued in November. Anyone interested may contact the County Purchasing Division at 961-8231 or online at http://co.hawaii.hi.us/purchasing/bids.htm#proposals.

Only the reuse center portion of the recycling and transfer station is closing temporarily. All the other recycling, Hi5 redemption and rubbish services will be available.

Reuse centers take reusable, donated items from the public for distribution to other members of the public who can reuse the items. Recycle Hawaii, the non-profit organization currently operating reuse centers at the Keaau Recycling and Transfer Station and other recycling and transfer stations, accepts reusable items free and charges a nominal fee for items taken from the facility.

Donating reusable items to reuse centers provides a useful service to the community and helps preserve space in our County landfills.

Meanwhile, the public is being asked to take their reusable items to the Keaau Recycling and Transfer Station until the Pahoa reuse center is operating again.

The Department of Environmental management also would like to acknowledge the volunteers who have helped operate the reuse facility in Pahoa and the many people who have visited the facility over the past few weeks. The department now looks forward to bringing back a better reuse facility for the public this fall.

Composting Workshops in Volcano and Pahoa

Composting workshops in Volcano and Pahoa.
Composting Workshops
Event Date: 
August 27, 2011 – 10:00am – 4:00pm

Locations:  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Volcano Cooper Center
2:00 p.m. –   4:00 p.m. at the Pāhoa Feed & Fertilizer

Cost for the 2 hour long composting workshop is $10 per person and includes a free composting bin for those who attend the complete session. To register or for more information, email ann_hassler@yahoo.com or call her at 937-1100.

Composting bins may not be immediately available after the completion of the workshops, in this situation vouchers for future composters may be distributed to qualified attendees.  Vouchers may be redeemed according to the terms of the voucher or the directions of your instructor.

Beginning Today: Waimea and Pahoa Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

WAIMEA & PAHOA Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events:

Today  (Waimea) and Tomorrow (Pahoa), 2009 8:30am3:30pm

Bring your automotive fluids, chemicals and cleaners and other hazardous household wastes to the Waimea Transfer Station  collection area on March 7th and the Pahoa Transfer Station collection area on March 8th.  For full details on what materials are and are not accepted please visit Household Hazardous Waste.