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What to Recycle

What CAN Be Recycled

NOTE: Materials taken to the Kealakehe, Hilo or the Kea`au Transfer Stations can still be commodity-separated. Please look for signage on where to place recycled materials at these sites.

  • Batteries, automotive and deep-cycle

  • Cellular (mobile) phones

  • Cooking oil, used residential (in very limited locations)

  • Corrugated cardboard, flattened

  • Glass, jars and bottles

  • E-waste, computers and peripherals (For information on electronic waste (E-waste) recycling see the E-Waste Recycling page for new information on what can and cannot be recycled or call the Hawaii Department of Environmental Management at 808-961-8942 or email at .)

  • Inkjet and toner cartridges

  • Magazines

  • Metals: Aluminum, brass, copper, lead, stainless steel (rinsed tuna, catfood and soup cans, cars, large appliances)

  • Newspaper

  • Office paper (white, mixed, shredded, and junk mail; NO BRITES - vibrant fluorescent paper)

  • Plant and weed killers (households only, not commercial businesses)
  • Packing peanuts

  • Paper bags

  • Paperboard/boxboard (cereal, tea, snack food boxes, etc.)

  • Phone books and paper back books. This quick and easy website will allow residents to choose what directories they want to receive, and which ones they don't:

  • Plastics #1, #2, #5 (milk jugs, detergent bottles, yogurt cups, etc.)

  • Plastic shopping bags, knotted and bagged, #2 & #4

  • Yard debris. Download a copy of the Backyard Composting Brochure for more information.


Other items

Junk Mail

To reduce your junk mail and have your name(s) removed from rented mailing lists, please note the new address below. It can take 90 days to take effect and your name will stay on the list for 5 years. You must make the request in writing, and list all possible names currently used on your mail.

Direct Marketing Assn.
1120 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036-6700


What CANNOT Be Recycled

NO wax-coated boxes or paper

NO food or oil contaminated materials

NO Styrofoam or plastics #3, #6, #7

NO BRITE paper - vibrant, fluorescent paper


What to do with other items

One person's trash is another's treasure...


  • Save your residential household hazardous waste for County collections. Please review list of accepted items.

  • Save household/toy/cellphone/hearing aid batteries for County of Hawai`i Household Hazardous Waste collections.

  • Solidify your non-toxic liquids and old latex paints in order to dispose of them in the trash. Call the County Solid Waste Office at 961-8339 for more information.

  • Turn in automotive/deep-cycle batteries when you buy new ones or return to participating vendors in West Hawai`i and East Hawai`i for proper disposal.

  • Turn in old tires when you buy new ones or return to participating vendors in West Hawai`i and East Hawai`i for proper disposal.

  • Call the County Police Department at 935-3311 for abandoned vehicles on public roads.

  • For more information on what and where you can recycle, or download a copy of our 2017 Hawai`i Island Recycling Guide.

  • Try reuse in action by trading items at: FreeCycle Big Island.

  • For more information about how to set up your own collection, call Recycle Hawai`i.