Recycling and Disposal
Guide for Oahu
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Redefining trash TV in a
new era of television
The 3-cart system is islandwide for refuse,
green waste and mixed recyclables.
Watch new episodes of Opalavision
monthly on television and on the web,
and select episodes of interest to you
-- it’s interactive. Hawaii’s The Green Community
Channel is the nation’s first eco- Recycling Bins
conscious television network. It’s
Drop off your recyclables at islandwide
locally produced and provides viewers
locations and support our schools. Recycle
a central source for information about
at HI-5 redemption centers and fundraiser
preserving our environment, island-
The Green Channel launched with a
focus on recycling and intelligent waste
management, one of today’s most Reimbursement for program startup costs
important issues contributing to our available up to $2000.
island’s sustainability. Opalavision
programming is supported by the
City’s Department of Environmental
Bulky Item Collection
Services. Regular, monthly pickup schedules for all
areas of the island.
Be Opala Akamai Hazardous Waste
Please take the time to learn more about all the stuff we throw away, and how you can help Bi-monthly drop-off events.
sort it out. How we manage our island’s waste will affect generations to come. Increasing
recycling and waste-to-energy will benefit the environment and divert thousands of tons
from the landfill.
Reduce waste and save on disposal costs.
Oahu generates more than 1.5 million tons of waste annually of which almost one million Online resources, design guidelines, model
tons are recycled. That’s a 60% landfill diversion rate. More than 500,000 tons of various programs.
materials are reused and remade into new products, and another 500,000 tons are
converted into electricity at the H-POWER waste-to-energy facility.
Education + Schools
We can and need to do more. Expansions to H-POWER are underway. Curbside recycling Learn more at the annual Discover Recycling
is islandwide. Let’s work together to sort it out for a sustainable future. Event. Sign up for Tour de Trash. Resources
for recycling projects and activities to
Mahalo, educate our keiki and raise funds for your
Department of Environmental Services
City & County of Honolulu
Learn more at opala.org
Recycling Refuse Special Wastes
Collection Service and Drop-Off Sites
Bulky Item Collection
Refuse collection schedules changed as curbside recycling
integrated into the City’s collection system. Your neighborhood
is serviced twice per week: Monday/Thursday, Tuesday/Friday or There’s no excuse to dump on Hawaii.
Wednesday/Saturday. One day is designated for refuse pickup and
Collection services are readily available. Refuse and
the other for recycling pickup. Most island homes are using the
Bulky item collection is provided to all residential properties recyclables are collected curbside weekly, bulky items
wheeled carts provided by the City. Some neighborhoods, where
on a no-call, regular monthly schedule: www.opala.org or call monthly, and drop-off centers are available around the
automated collection is not possible, are serviced with a manual
768-3200. Pickup is conducted over a 3-4 day period. All your items island. Please call 768-3300 to report any illegal dump
collection system using your own 35-gallon containers. The manual
must be placed at the curb fronting your property by 6:00 am on sites. If you witness someone illegally dumping, call 911
service is twice weekly, and does not include separate recycling
the first day, or they may not be collected. Separate trucks are used immediately.
as yet. Apartment dwellers should follow directions for recycling/
to collect recyclable metals versus landfill-bound items, and may
disposal provided by your property management.
drive through your neighborhood at different times. Bulky items
must not be placed at the curb any earlier than the day before your
collection day, or you may be subject to fines.
Curbside Recycling For all curbside collection services:
3-Cart Refuse / Recycling Collection
Blue cart for mixed recyclables. Green cart for green waste. Gray
Refuse, Recycling and Bulky Items Drop-Off Facilities
cart for refuse. Your neighborhood’s weekly collection schedule » Place at the curb by 6:00 am and no earlier than the evening
includes one refuse day and one recycling day (alternating weekly before your scheduled collection day.
between the blue and green recycling carts). Collection schedule
maps and monthly calendars to track the alternating recycling days
» Keep containers (and bulky items) on your property during Community Recycling Bins
are posted online at www.opala.org. Multi-material and special HI-5 fundraiser bins.
» Pickup access should not be blocked by objects or vehicles. Aluminum cans, glass bottles and jars, plastics
Islandwide expansion for the 3-cart curbside recycling collection
Allow 5 feet between cart and any object. Allow 2 feet between and , newspaper, corrugated cardboard boxes
system was completed in May 2010, including a total of 160,000
carts, if setting out more than one. (flattened), white and colored office paper; 100 islandwide locations;
homes. Recycling was added to the automated collection areas first,
money earned from the sale of the recyclables goes to the schools
and plans for the manual collection areas will follow. » Holiday Collections – The City provides scheduled collection
hosting the bins.
service on all holidays except Christmas Day and New Year’s
Day. When your refuse day falls on these holidays, the missed
collection will be made up on the following 1-2 days. Please Redemption Centers Household Hazardous Waste
leave the gray cart at the curb until it is serviced. In manual Bi-monthly drop-off events on Saturday by appointment
Take your deposit beverage containers to any
collection areas with twice weekly refuse service, please hold only. Call 768-3201. More information, product lists and
certified redemption center to redeem your deposits.
your refuse for the next scheduled day. Recycling days that disposal instructions at www.opala.org.
Redemption center locations posted on the State’s
fall on the holidays will not be made up. Please hold mixed
website at www.hi5deposit.com.
recyclables and green waste for the next scheduled pickup.
Most multi-family buildings have private refuse hauling services
Bulky collection is conducted over a 3-4 day period, and the
contracted by your property management. Recycling programs
require similar coordination through your association of apartment
crews will continue on the days following the holiday. Drop-Off Convenience Centers for Similar to Convenience Centers, with some restrictions. Keehi
Transfer (Middle St.) open 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm Monday through
owners and property management. Refuse & Recycling Saturday (closed Sunday). Kapaa Transfer (Kapaa Quarry Rd.,
For refuse and recycling:
Recycling offers condominium and apartment buildings an Household rubbish, appliances, furniture, tires, auto batteries, Kailua) open 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Monday through Friday, 7:00 am
opportunity to lower refuse costs. Establishing a program in your » Carts must be placed at the curb facing out. propane tanks, green waste; be prepared to sort items into separate - 6:00 pm weekends. Kawailoa Transfer (off Kamehameha Hwy.,
building to separately collect aluminum, glass, plastic, newspaper, containers for recycling and disposal: combustibles bin, which is Haleiwa) open 7:00 am - 6:00 pm daily. Keehi Transfer accepts
» All material must fit in the cart with the lid closed. Carts with
cardboard and green waste reduces the volume of material in your taken to H-POWER; non-combustibles bin, which is taken to the combustible material only.
green waste, refuse or boxes protruding out the top cannot be
refuse dumpster. The City can help with recycling containers, landfill; green waste bin, which is taken to the composting facility;
collected. Please cut branches and flatten boxes. Crush and
technical assistance and reimbursement for start-up costs – www. and designated areas for tires, batteries, appliances and propane
opala.org or call 768-3200.
compact refuse to reduce volume in your gray cart.
tanks. Follow the guard’s instructions. Six locations: Waimanalo
(Hihimanu St. near sewage treatment plant), Waipahu (Waipahu Green waste, such as leaves, branches, trimmings, palm fronds, stumps.
You can also recycle on your own and drop off at Community
For refuse: Depot Rd.), Ewa Beach (Geiger Rd.), Waianae (off Plantation Rd.), Hawaiian Earth Products (Malakole St., Campbell Industrial Park).
Recycling Bins and Redemption Centers in your area.
Laie (Kamehameha Hwy., behind City baseyard), Wahiawa (Wilikina
» Securely bag all refuse, especially organic food and pet waste.
Dr. at Kamananui Rd. intersection). Open daily, 7:00 am - 6:00 pm.
Periodically rinse out your gray cart to control odor and Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill
Disposal only; no recycling options. Located off Farrington Hwy.
West of the Ko Olina exit. Open 7:00 am – 4:30 pm daily.
Learn more at opala.org
SORT IT OUT. How is it used?
What to recycle and what to dispose. The story of new products, compost, energy – landfill diversion.
Aluminum Cans Plastic Containers
Rinse, remove and discard lids
Glass Bottles and Jars and tops. Look for the plastic
Rinse, remove and discard lids are sorted and shipped to remanufacturing facilities to be made into new products.
number code in a triangle
and tops. Includes containers for
small embossed on containers.
Place a beverages, wine, spirits, food. Recycled glass is used in new container Recycled plastic is used to make new
tip con tainer in
glass, “glasphalt” road pavement and fill plastic containers, plastic lumber, carpet
Newspaper White & Colored material in construction. and textiles.
Remove magazines and glossy Office Paper Recycling aluminum to make new cans Recycled newspaper and cardboard
Did you know…
All recy lue cart inserts.
in the b Deposit into PAPER section of and other aluminum products cuts energy become new newsprint, boxes and tissue ”Post-consumer” recycled
to gether a single
you on community recycling bin. NO use in production by 90%. paper. content means that the
Corrugated Cardboard envelopes, junk mail, tape, stick-on product was made from
Flatten boxes. No single-layer
labels, rubber bands, magazines, or materials recovered after consumer
» Curbside Blue Cart flatboard, such as cereal boxes
shredded paper. Staples are okay. use. Look for the recycled content
and tissue boxes.
» Community Bins logo on products you buy.
» Condo Programs NOTE: Deposit all items loose into your blue cart or community recycling bin.
Do not bag, tie or bundle recyclable materials.
Yard Trimmings Green Waste
is locally composted to produce a variety of soil amendment products.
Leaves Local mulch and compost products are Compost is fully processed, ground green Did you know…
sold as Menehune Magic in garden shops waste with the look of rich soil. Use as a top
Leaving grass clippings on your
or you can buy direct from Hawaiian Earth dressing or mixed with other soils for potting
lawn adds nutrients. One full year of
Products. and planting to add organic nutrients.
“grasscycling” equals one fertilizer
. Grass Clippings Mulch is coarsely ground, partially cured treatment.
» Curbside Green Cart essary! green waste. Use as ground cover to prevent
No b ags nec
erosion. Spread around trees and garden
» Drop-Off Centers Christmas Trees beds to retain moisture and limit weed
No ornaments, tinsel or flocking. growth.
Plastic bags Plastic containers
other than #1 and #2
Styrofoam (plastic codes #3 - #7)
is processed at the H-POWER waste-to-energy facility to produce electricity.
Did you know…
Telephone books Tin or steel cans These low-grade papers and plastics
No nee H-POWER incinerates waste and generates H-POWER recycles virtually 100% of the
not designated for the recycling
Cereal boxes Other glass 7% of Oahu’s electricity – 45 megawatts of metals from the mixed waste. bins are combustible, and provide
dir ty alum and other flatboard such as ceramics, dishes,
art. power, enough to power 40,000 homes. greater benefit in local energy
e blue c
» Curbside Gray Cart il or pa
glassware, window glass, light
production than shipping to distant
currents Paper bulbs, and mirrors. H-POWER provides an alternative to fossil
mag nets an other than newspaper and fuels and contributes to our island’s energy
and rec corrugated cardboard. General household sustainability.
Junk mail or magazines rubbish
Learn more at opala.org
Learn more at opala.org Business Recycling
Other Refuse The opala.org website offers model recycling program, peer consultants and detailed guidelines for designing
recycling systems, employing waste prevention strategies, buying recycled products and educating employees.
Mandatory Recycling Laws Buy Recycled Products
Appliances Used Oil Hazardous Chemicals
Most Oahu businesses are affected by one or more of the City’s Look for the recycled-content label on products when you shop,
Large appliances collected by the City, Motor oil, cutting oil or fuel oil can be Call the Household Hazardous Waste Info-
mandatory recycling laws. Bars and restaurants are required and be especially watchful for locally made recycled products
appliance dealers and private refuse haulers disposed with your regular household Line at 768-3201 to schedule an appointment
to recycle glass. Office buildings with 20,000 square feet of to support our local recycling collection efforts. Local recycled
are delivered to a metal recycler. • Arrange rubbish. Use an oil change box or pour into for the next drop-off (held bi-monthly).
office space are required to recycle office paper, newspaper and products include mulch/compost, glasphalt, crushed glass garden
for the appliance dealer to remove your old a plastic bag with an absorbent material and Limited quantities will be accepted from
cardboard. Food waste recycling is mandatory for businesses sculptures, crushed glass for construction fill, oil change boxes,
appliance when they deliver your new one. seal the bag. • Commercial generators must each householder. • Commercial generators
that generate large volumes including hotels, large restaurants hydromulch, cellulose insulation, and biodiesel fuels. Free mulch may
• Place at curb for City bulky item pickup. handle and dispose of used oil in accordance must handle and dispose of hazardous
and grocery stores, hospitals and food manufacturers/processors. be available at Hawaiian Earth Products. Call to check on availability
• Drop off at City Convenience Centers with EPA and State Department of Health material in accordance with EPA and State
Green waste and cardboard are restricted at City disposal sites to and additional locations. More product and company information at
for Refuse & Recycling or at Kapaa and guidelines. Department of Health guidelines.
no more than 10% of a truckload. Large commercial generators, www.opala.org.
Kawailoa Transfer Stations. • Commercial
such as landscapers, property managers, and shopping centers,
entities should deliver directly to the Autos Paint
must separate this material for delivery to recycling and composting
All junk autos are recycled. To arrange for Small quantities generated at home can be facilities. Tires, auto batteries, white goods (appliances), scrap
free auto junking service for your car, call disposed of with your regular household metal and commercial e-waste are all banned from disposal sites
532-4325 or go to a Satellite City Hall. To rubbish. Latex paints can be hardened and should be recycled.
Give your old auto batteries to the dealer report abandoned autos, call 733-2530. in the can, then thrown away. Oil-based
when purchasing new ones or you may take paints must be solidified with an absorbent
them to the City Convenience Center nearest Tires material, such as shredded paper, old rags,
you. State law requires the dealer to accept or sawdust, then sealed in a plastic bag. An
Give your old tires to the dealer when
and recycle them. • Drop off rechargeable oil change box provides the same results.
Education and School
purchasing new ones or you may take them
batteries from cell phones, computers and • Commercial generators must handle and
to the City Convenience Center nearest
power equipment in special collection boxes dispose of paint in accordance with EPA and
you. State law requires the dealer to accept
at Best Buy and Home Depot. • Regular State Department of Health guidelines.
alkaline batteries (A, C, D type) can be
safely disposed of with your regular refuse
and recycle them. • Tires are banned from
disposal sites. Commercial generators
should deliver to recycling facilities.
Rock, Dirt, Concrete Recycling Assistance
collection. Manufacturers no longer use
Do not throw in trash. • Deliver to the
heavy metals in their production.
Propane Tanks Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill
Teachers! Click on the Learning Center at www.opala.org for ideas Subscribe online to WasteLine,
(Leeward Oahu). • Commercial generators
Electronic Waste (e-waste) Computers Do not throw in trash. If propane tanks get for recycling projects and field trips, and funding for Recycling
are restricted from the Waimanalo Gulch a bi-monthly e-newsletter which profiles successful community and
into H-POWER, they may explode! • Take Teaching Partners to assist you. Multi-material and HI-5 recycling
Donate old functional computers to local Landfill and can deliver to crushing/recycling business recycling programs, innovations and technology, and opens
propane tanks to any City Convenience bins are available for your campus to raise funds for your school.
organizations. • Take non-functional facilities or take to the construction and discussions on new directions in the City’s waste management and
Center for Refuse & Recycling. And don’t miss the annual Discover Recycling, a one-day event to
computers to local recycling companies demolition landfill in Nanakuli. recycling programs. You can stay in the loop, talkin’ trash, connected
introduce educators to recycling resources for your schools and
(see list on back). • Recycle e-waste to the resources with a click of your mouse.
Furniture, Mattresses classrooms.
through retailer and manufacturer
takeback programs. • Okay to dispose Place at curb for bulky item collection. • Drop Students! Use the opala.org website to help you with recycling Sign up for Tour de Trash,
of home computers with regular trash or off at City Convenience Centers for Refuse projects and papers. Click on the News link for archived stories on
a FREE bus tour of Oahu’s trashier side. Select from six scheduled
bulky pickup. • Commercial e-waste is & Recycling, Kapaa and Kawailoa Transfer waste and recycling issues in the local and national news. Click on
tours to get an up-close look at recycling and waste processing
banned from disposal. More detail online Stations or the landfill. • Commercial entities the Media Library for video clips, recycling songs, photos, graphic
operations on Oahu and successful recycling programs implemented
at www.opala.org. should deliver directly to the landfill. art and recycled art. Use these to enhance posters, banners and
by island businesses. Teachers and groups can call for more
PowerPoints. The Resource Library provides technical studies, Oahu
information about arranging custom tours.
Cell Phones recycling rates, mandatory recycling laws, recycling company lists,
guidelines for conducting a waste audit and designing recycling
Old obsolete cell phones can be donated to
systems, and a glossary of waste/recycling terms. You could create
organizations for reuse and recycling. Ask
a really cool project or report.
your service provider and/or go online at
www.opala.org for a list of organizations. Schools and Non-Profit Organizations! Raise funds with HI-5
Many provide pre-paid shipping labels. collection events. The City offers big recycling bins for consolidation
and transport, smaller collection containers to capture HI-5’s at
sports and community events, guidelines for organizing your
event, and banners to promote it. Click on the link to Recycling
Learn more at opala.org
City and County of Honolulu
Department of Environmental Services - Refuse Division
1000 Uluohia Street, Suite 212
Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
Recycling and Disposal
Guide for Oahu
Learn more at
Contact Us Wahiawa
(Wahiawa, Kunia Camp, Mililani,
621-5241 Yard Waste/Untreated Wood
Hawaiian Earth Products (Campbell) 682-5895
Refuse and Recycling Services 768-3200 Waipio Acres)
Waialua 637-4795 Metals
Refuse Division 768-3401 Okuda Metal 845-6856
Recycling Office 768-3200 (Waialua, Haleiwa, Sunset)
Waianae 697-1178 Han’s Metals 676-4797
Household Hazardous Waste 768-3201 Schnitzer Steel Hawaii 682-5810
H-POWER Waste-to-Energy 768-5455 (Makaha to Honokai Hale)
Waimanalo Gulch Landfill 668-2985 BULKY ITEM COLLECTION 768-3300 Motor Oil/Tires/Freon (commercial only)
(recorded schedule information) Unitek (motor oil, tires) 682-8284
DROP-OFF CONVENIENCE CENTERS Philip Services (motor oil) 682-3033
293-8714 Recycling/Composting Refrigerant Recycling (freon)
Island Recycling (tires)
696-4203 Companies Computers
Waimanalo 259-7182 Multi-material Enviroservices 839-7222
Waipahu 676-8878 (aluminum, metal, glass, plastic, paper) Haztech Environmental Services* 671-1985
Kapaa (Kailua) 262-4248 CM Recycling (no paper) 842-6640 Philip Services* 845-0032
Keehi (Honolulu) 845-1162 Honolulu Recovery Systems 842-3602 Pacific Commercial Services 545-4599
Printed on Recycled Paper
Kawailoa (Haleiwa) 637-5511 Island Recycling 682-9200 Pacific Corp Solutions 488-8870
Lenox Metals 682-5539 SD Systems 836-7950
REFUSE, RECYCLING, BULKY COLLECTION T & N Services 371-0281
Honolulu 832-7840 Reynolds Recycling 487-2802
(metals, aluminum, glass, plastic) *commercial only
(Foster Village to Hawaii Kai)
Kapaa 262-7298 RRR Recycling Services 682-5600 Other
(Kailua, Kaneohe, Waimanalo) Island Shell (paper only) 487-1100 Ecofeed (food waste) 841-5586
Koolauloa 293-5657 Auto Batteries Printer cartridges – see list at www.opala.org
(Kahuku to Kahaluu) Battery Bill’s 833-3797
Pearl City 455-9644 Exide Battery 682-4600
(Waipio Gentry, Royal Kunia, Waipahu, Interstate Battery 676-6000
Halawa to Makakilo, Pearl City, Kapolei)