What product takes up the most space in US landfills?

According to the US EPA, the material most frequently encountered in MSW landfills is plain old paper-it accounts for more than 40 percent of a landfill’s contents. Newspapers alone can take up as much as 13 percent of the space in US landfills. Biodeg… Read more »

How do I find out what type of plastics I have and if they are recyclable?

Most plastic containers have a code at the bottom of the container/object that states what kind of plastic was used to make it. The number code is located in a triangle of “following” arrows as seen below. Different types of plastic have different prop… Read more »

Why is it important to sort my recyclables according to guidelines?

The processing facility is a combination of mechanical and manual sorting operations designed to produce the highest quality material streams at a manageable cost. Contaminants in the recyclables increase the costs of separating them at the processing… Read more »

What happens to the materials that aren’t recyclable? Don’t they just get recycled anyway?

As much as we would like to recycle everything we receive, it’s a matter of market demand. We cannot collect and process materials if there is no one to buy them. Similarly, if we include too much “junk” with our materials (such as plastic kiddy pools… Read more »

What happens to my recyclables after processing? Are any recyclables processed locally?

Depending on the collected material they are either baled or crushed. Baled materials are generally shipped to the mainland or internationally for sorting and processing. Crushed materials can also be shipped or in the case of glass are sometimes used… Read more »

Do I have to remove the labels from my recyclable bottles and cans?

No, all you have to do is rinse your goods and sort into mixed or glass bins. See 2-Bin Recycling for more information.

Who picks up my recycling and where is it processed?

The County of Hawai`i currently does not have curbside rubbish or recycling pick-up services. There are private entities island-wide that provide this service. Please refer to the yellow pages for rubbish and recycling pick up services.

What commodities and how many tons are diverted in the County of Hawai‘i?