tires and old van

Abandoned automobiles and tires not only take away from the natural beauty of Hawai‘i but also may contain toxic substances such as fuels, metals, oils, and coolants that can end up on the ground. When it rains, these substances are then flushed into our waterways. Mercury is particularly dangerous, even in very small quantities, because when it’s released to the atmosphere and returns to earth as rainfall it endangers aquatic life and public health.  Automotive tires can also become breeding grounds for mosquitoes which transmit various diseases.  The State of Hawai‘i and the County of Hawai‘i both passed legislation mandating by law the proper disposal and management of waste tires.

For lead-acid (automotive or solar power) battery recycling see our hazardous waste page in the business/agency/resident section for options.  Some recyclers will accept them for free or pay you scrap value for the battery or give you store credit.

AUTOMOBILE DISPOSAL

Automobiles can be recycled at the scrap metal area at the following locations:

  • Big Island Scrap Metal – Kona 
    74-589 Honokōhau St., Kailua-Kona
    No electronics.  Please remove all trash and non-metal items.
    Monday to Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Saturday: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    854-4530 (Please call first)
  • Big Island Scrap Metal – Shipman
    16-168 Kalara St., Kea‘au
    No electronics.  Please remove all trash and non-metal items.
    Monday to Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Saturday: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    854-4530 (Please call first)

County of Hawai‘i Recycling Facilities (only accepting clean – drained of all fluids and all hazardous materials removed – automotive parts, no vehicles, no commercial businesses)

  • Kealakehe Recycling and Transfer Station
  • Hilo Recycling and Transfer Station

County Facilities are open daily from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
There is no charge for scrap metal recycling at these County facilities.
For more information call the County of Hawai’i at 961-8552.

Abandoned Vehicle Removal Procedure:

  • On public roadways abandoned automobiles may be removed by calling the Hawai’i Police Department at 935-3311. Provide the location and description of the vehicle.  Only the Police Department can initiate the Abandoned Vehicle Removal Process.
  • On private property, please look in the phonebook for a local tow company to haul your vehicle to the nearest Scrap Metal Facility. There are a couple local businesses that will tow your automobile for free, depending on the vehicle and its location. Before they tow away your vehicle, remember to remove the license plates and turn them in along with your registration papers and a completed Application for “Junk” Status Vehicle Form to the Motor Vehicle Registration Division of the County Finance Department (961-8351 Hilo or 323-4818 Kona or 965-2721 Pāhoa).. If you have any questions please contact the County Abandoned Vehicle Program Clerk at 961-8552.

The Derelict Vehicle Amnesty Program has been temporarily suspended. On private property, please look in the phonebook for a local tow company to haul your vehicle to the nearest Scrap Metal Facility. Before they tow away your vehicle remember to remove the license plates and turn them in along with your registration papers and completed Application for “Junk” Status Vehicle Form to the Motor Vehicle Registration Division of the County Finance Department (961-8351 Hilo or 323-4818 Kona or 965-2721 Pāhoa). If you have any questions please contact the County Abandoned Vehicle Program Clerk at 961-8552.

TIRE DISPOSAL

The State of Hawai‘i passed legislation mandating by law the proper disposal and management of waste tires. Effective June 26, 2008, pursuant to County of Hawai‘i Ordinance No. 07-182, the County prohibited disposal of tires that are whole, cut, sliced, chipped or shredded at any sanitary landfills and all island-wide transfer stations.

The County of Hawai‘i is NOT collecting any tires at any transfer station or landfill and is not accepting tires in the scrap metal bins at any transfer station.  It is illegal to drop off your tires at any County facility.

For residents purchasing new tires through a retailer, the old tires being replaced should be left with the retailer.  The final price of a new tire includes disposal of your old tire, if there is a separate disposal fee it must be disclosed before adding to the final price of a new tire.  The disposal fee is not subject to reduction or refund under the law.

State of Hawai‘i law (H.R.S §342I-23) requires each motor vehicle tire retailer to accept your old motor vehicle tires for recycling or disposal in exchange for new tires purchased, in a quantity at least equal to the number of new motor vehicle tires purchased by the customer.

Otherwise if you’re not purchasing new tires, residents needing to dispose of tires can contact the following vendors for proper disposal.  Please call vendors to verify how many tires that they can take and any fees that might be involved.

  • Arizumi Tire Disposal (Island-wide service), 443-3469 or 969-7130 (fee)
  • Costco (Kona), 331-4833 (Only with purchase of new tire, fee)
  • Goodyear Auto Service Centers (Hilo 935-9756; Kona 329-1750) (fee)
  • Leo’s Rubbish Service (Hilo), 935-5850 (fee)
  • Lex Brodie’s Tire & Service Centers (Hilo 961-6001; Pahoa 965-9125; Kona 329-8826) (Only with purchase of new tire, fee)
  • R & G Tire Center, Inc. (Kona), 331-8920 (fee)
  • Sear’s Automotive (Hilo), 981-4095 (Only with purchase of new tire, fee)