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Hazardous Waste Collections This Weekend in Waimea, Pahoa

February 24, 2014, 11:55 AM HST
* Updated February 24, 4:05 PM
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The county will collect household hazardous waste this weekend in South Kohala and Puna.

The events will be held in Waimea on Saturday, March 1, and in Pahoa on Sunday, March 2.

Each will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the town’s recycling and transfer stations.

The events are only for waste generated in households and brought to the collections by residents.

Business, government agency or farm waste is not allowed. Electronic waste also will not be collected.

Acceptable household waste includes automotive fluids, used batteries, unbroken fluorescent lights and household poisons and pesticides.

Oil-based paints will also be accepted. Latex paints cannot be disposed of at the hazardous waste collection but will be collected separately by Recycle Hawaii at the Waimea event.

Latex paint that is no longer useable should be allowed to dry out completely to a solid and then can be disposed of with regular trash.

Information on solid waste diversion and recycling is available at www.hawaiizerowaste.org. A complete list of acceptable waste is available here.

Some businesses also collect select types of hazardous materials in limited quantities.

In some cases, such as lead-acid batteries, some will pay a fee to the person bringing in the item while in others the business will charge a fee for their recycling. A list of the businesses and materials is available here.

 The next scheduled household hazardous waste events will be held June 7 in Hilo and June 14 in Kailua-Kona.

For information on the collections call Chris Chin-Chance, recycling specialist with the county Department of Environmental Management, at 961-8554 or email [email protected]

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