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Household Hazardous Waste

Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collections

HHW Collections flyer 2017 03 06

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Household Hazardous Waste

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 3, 2018, 8:30am – 3:30pm.
PÄ€HOA TRANSFER STATION: March 4, 2018, 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. 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.

More Questions?
Contact EnviroServices: (808) 839-7222, or the County HazMat Infoline at 961- 8554 ext. 253. Visit the County recycling website at 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: Upcoming Events (pdf opens up in new window)


Learn how scrap recycling protects the environment while providing "green jobs" for Americans.

(facts from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries)

Environmental Stewards

  • The U.S. scrap recycling industry, which employs more than 130,000 men and women, is also a pivotal player in environmental protection, resource conservation and sustainability.
  • Recycling reduces greenhouse gas emissions by significantly saving the amount of energy needed to manufacture the products that we buy, build and use.
  • Recycling reduces energy consumption and the emission of greenhouse gases that contribute to global climate change, while helping to maintain a steady supply of raw materials for the U.S. and global economies.

Recovered Paper

  • Eighty five percent of corrugated containers and 72% of the newspapers consumed were recovered in 2010.
  • Some of the world's earliest pieces of paper were made using scrap material

Nonferrous Scrap

  • If all aluminum scrap processed in the United States were used solely to produce standard soda cans, the lined-up cans would stretch 25 million miles the distance from Earth to Venus.
  • A used aluminum can is recycled and back on the grocery shelf in as little as 60 days.

Ferrous Scrap

  • Steel is the world's most recycled material.
  • By using ferrous scrap rather than virgin materials in the production of iron and steel, CO2 emissons are reduced by 58%.


  • In 2009, 479 million lbs. of postconsumer non-bottle rigid plastics were recovered. This is a 47% increase since 2007.
  • Recycling 5 PET bottles produces enough fiber for one t-shirt.

Recycled Glass

  • Recycled glass is substituted for up to 70% of raw materials used in making new glass. An estimated 80% of recovered glass containers are made into new glass bottles.
  • Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for four hours, power a computer for 30 minutes or a television for 20 minutes.