Here's a hopefully pretty complete list (for Puna, Big Island) of ways to recycle everything in your life-
There is also a website for Hawaii Island about more recycling locations: www.RecycleHawaii.org
You can also call 961-5044 for the Hawaii Island recycle program recorded info about all kinds of recycling.
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- STOP THE JUNKMAIL
Non-cycling: Prevent the need to recycle junk mail by stopping it from coming to your mail box. This website will submit requests on your behalf, or guide you through the process of getting your mailing address off of credit card offers, marketing lists, catalogues, etc. Please note This site used to be totally free, but they now charge $18 per year for their automatic service, or free IF you do all the leg work yourself.
If you can get a vehicle to the Hilo Transfer Station, they will take any vehicle FREE. If you have a vehicle that you cannot remove from your property yourself, there is a local company who will come get it for FREE. There is typically a 1-2 month wait for them to pick it up. Their phone number is: 808-937-2237
- Motor Oil
PLEASE recycle your motor oil if you change your own vehicle oil.
Accepted mixed or individually: motor oil, gear oil, shock oil, hydraulic oil, transmission oil and diesel. NO OTHER VEHICLE RELATED OILS ACCEPTED.
Please do NOT dispose of contaminated oils with your recycled acceptable oils. Your contaminated oil will cause over 1,000 gallons of recyclable oil to be un-recyclable!
DO NOT use bleach/chlorine plastic bottles, chlorine tablet buckets, pesticide or anti-freeze containers to transport or store your oil, this contaminates it and makes it un-recyclable.
You can take the acceptable oils to:
Big Island Toyota (Hilo) 969-3112
811 Kanoelehua (opposite Bank fo Hawaii on Hwy.11)
Mon - Fri 8 AM to 5 PM
Sat 8 AM - 4 PM (Closed Sundays)
- Car Batteries
Daleco, 329-4605 (small fee per battery)
Napa Auto Parts, Waimea, 885-6000
Interstate Batteries, 934-7256, $3-$8 fee.
Pahoa Battery and Propane, Pahoa, 965-9499, varied fee.
- Vehicle Tires
Most service stations or tire sales stores will take tires for $5 each. Also, Leo's Rubbish Service will take them for $5 each: 271 Kekuanaoa St, Hilo 935-5850
There is an email list you can subscribe to, and offer virtually *anything* free, or request things you want *free*. This is a great way to "recycle" by offering for reuse to others. Please note that this must be a no strings attached FREE offer of items. No postings for sale or for delivery charge are allowed.
- Paper, Plastic, Glass, Cans, etc
The Keaau Waste Transfer Station (near the Keaau animal shelter) has bins for 1, 2, & 6 plastics, all glass, all tin cans, aluminum cans, paper of all types and cardboard. There is also a HI5 station there open M, W, F: 8 am-4:30 pm; Sat & Sun 8:00am-4:30pm; Closed Tues & Thurs. If they are closed, you can use the regular recycle dumpsters.
The Keaau Waste Transfer Station also has a scrap metal dumpster and a green waste dumpster.
They also have a book store where all books are FREE (up to 75lbs). They also have a charity run reuse store where many items are available for donation or purchase (very cheap).
- Toxic liquids/materials and oils
Household Hazardous Waste Collections are provided three times per year by the County of Hawai'i, Department of Environmental Management, Solid Waste Division at designated transfer stations. Recycle Hawai'i helps with supplemental advertising via posters at the transfer stations.
ACCEPTED: Automotive materials, antifreeze, used motor oil, corrosives, all types of batteries, fluorescent lights & ballasts (NEW!), mercury thermometers, unused or outdated prescription medications (no controlled substances or sharps & needles), compressed gas cylinders (NEW!), oil-based paints & stains, toxic garden supplies, poisons & miscellaneous household products
NOT ACCEPTED: unknown materials, explosives, radioactive wastes, nonhazardous materials or waste from businesses (call 961-5044 ext 6# for unusual materials).
Hilo Transfer Station: 1st Saturday of June & December (7:30 am to 2:30 pm)
- Green "waste"
If you cannot stomach the idea of letting your green waste (landscape trimmings, trees, etc) compost on your own land, then you can take it to the Hilo Transfer Station (960-0177) or the Keaau Transfer Station for free. You can also pick up mulched green waste at the one in Hilo which others have brought there for free.
- Grocery Bags
The KTA's in Hilo accept grocery bags and sends them to the madland for recycling. They do not have to be bags from KTA!
- Computers & Electronics
Electronics have LOTS of toxic stuff in them, so PLEASE do not take ANY electronics to the waste transfer stations. Electronics are taken FREE at 55 Kukuau St., Hilo; (Across the street from Ben Frankin) Monday - Friday: 9am-5pm. Run by Bayside Computer Shop (808) 934-7748.