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Earth Month Aloha from Recycle Hawai'i

Mahalo for taking action to reduce, reuse and recycle! It takes each of us to make smart choices and practice habits that sustain healthy air, land and water for all beings on our planet – today and for generations to come.


 Upcoming Events & Programs


RH Education Outreach on APRIL 29 at:

  • Climate March + Festival, 12 to 5 pm at Mooheau Bandstand in Hilo
  • Ka'u Unity Celebration,​10​ am to ​4​ pm at Ka'u District Gym in Pahala

MAY 1 - 2017 Keeping It Green Hawaii Award nominations due. The KIGH award recognizes organizations, businesses, schools and government agencies for demonstrating ongoing commitment and activities that address natural resource conservation, “green” practices and preserving the environmental quality of life in Hawai‘i. Go to Keeping It Green Hawaii Award page for flyer, nominee criteria and submission information.

MAY 6 - Backyard Composting Workshop at 10 am, Hawaii Green Earth Farm in Waimea. Register at or 985-8725. Go to our Backyard Composting page.

MAY 13 – last day to submit entries for The Arts & Craft of UPCycling Project; open to individuals and groups of all ages to reuse, recreate, repurpose and reclaim unwanted materials and items to upcycle into art, craft, functional or inventive products. Selected entries will appear in a virtual gallery on Recycle Hawaii’s Facebook page. Go to Educational Programs page for criteria and submission information or contact Marsha Hee at or 985-8725.

Get the Drift and Bag It! (GTDBI) is Hawai‘i’s contribution to the annual International Coastal Cleanup, which is a worldwide campaign by Ocean Conservancy. On Hawai‘i Island, coordination of GTDBI was done for many years by Terry Miura, recently retired County of Hawai‘i Parks and Recreation Aquatics Specialist.  For 2016 GTDBI cleanups, coordination was handed over to Recycle Hawai‘i and Keep Hawai‘i Beautiful, who wishes to thank a total of 411 volunteers who removed 5,250 pounds of rubbish and marine debris from 26 miles of our beautiful coastlines.  Due to Aunty Terry’s outstanding leadership over the years, a number of dedicated volunteer groups were well trained and ready to make a difference.  We congratulate them for their commitment to making our ocean and island home a better place for all.

Big Island Stevedores, Hilo
Dolphin Quest
Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy’s Grades 4th, 5th & 7th
Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund
Jack’s Dive Locker
Keep Puako Beautiful
Rotary Club of Hilo with Waiakea High Interact Club
St. Joseph School
Waiakea High Key Club

To view an interactive world map of all the different cleanups and their data please visit

If you’d like to participate in the next Get The Drift And Bag It! for September 2017, email Vicki Haili, new Hawai‘i Island GTDBI Coordinator, at for more information.

ICC poster by Victoria Haili

PHOTO CAPTION: Poster for International Coastal Cleanup. 
Photo by Victoria Haili

Recycle Hawai‘i is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization serving the people of Hawai‘i.  Our mission is to promote resource awareness and recycling enterprises in Hawai‘i.  To achieve this, we educate the community about sound resource management and recycling opportunities for a more environmentally sustainable future.

View the pdf here.

Donate to support our ongoing sustainability programs!

There are many plans from individuals to non-profits. Learn more.


Cyril Pahinui Performs at Pahoa High School

On October 22, 2009 award winning Hawaiian recording artist Cyril Pahinui made a special presentation at Pahoa High School. Pahinui spoke with students in Coco Rodriguez's class and performed for teachers and students at a lunch time concert. This Recycle Hawai`i Artists and the Environment presentation was listed as an event supporting theInternational Day of Climate Action.

Coco Rodriguez's Pahoa High class with recording artist Cyril Pahinui
and Recycle Hawai`i's Howard Shapiro.

Hawai`i recording artist Cyril Pahinui performing with Pahoa High Students.


Pahoa High teacher Coco Rodriguez dancing to Cyril Pahinui and guest students.

Congratulations to the 2011 Art of Recycling School Competition winners! Mahalo to Juror: Amy Jackson


Art of Recycling School Competition Winners 2011

Slide 3

Osiana Pacheco, Grade 3 Ha'aheo Elementary School
Use Solar Power It's Good for the World - 1st Place Winner

Slide 1

Luke Chandler, Grade 2 Waimea Country School
Stinging Jelly Fish - 2nd Place Winner

Slide 2

Loren Bailey, Konawaena High School
White Trash Hat - 3rd Place Winner

Slide 4

Jai Oakland, Grade 2 Waimea Country School
Kamapua'a - The Recycling Pig - 3rd Place Winner


View the slideshow of the 2011 ARSC students' work!

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Congratulations to 2010's winners!!!

Juror - Lisa Louise Adams 

To view a slide show of students' work, please choose a year.



2010 ARSC Waimea-Hilo-Kona

2008 ARSC Winners/Jurors: Stephen Freedman & Jamie Stokes

2007 ARSC Winners/Jurors:Tomas Belsky & Ken Charon 

 2006 ARSC Winners/Jurors: James Rhodes, Jay J. West, and Jackie Wright



Waimea Recycling & Reuse Center (WRRC) 

Enjoy these photos of the newly opened Waimea Recycling & Reuse Center (WRRC) located on Hwy. 19 just below Waimea (on the Kawaihae Road Follow Solid Waste Transfer Station sign) In the next few weeks you will find more information here about what and how to recycle and how your family can benefit from reuse items at this newest of Recycle Hawai`i's island wide recycling & reuse centers. WRRC is open daily from 9:00 AM-4:30 PM.

Welcome to the newly opened Waimea Recycling & Reuse Center (WRRC)!

Construction of the new reuse center facility.

The newly opened reuse center.

Newly built drop off bins.

Recycle Hawai`i's island-wide Recycling & Reuse Centers

Kea`au Recycling & Reuse Center (KRRC)

WRRC Staff

 keith christmas
Keith Christmas
Recycling/Reuse Coordinator

joe rogers
Joey Rogers
Recycling/Reuse Coordinator

darlene woolford
Darleen "Dee" Woolford
Recycling/Reuse Coordinator