There are many everyday household products that are also recyclable. Below is a list of some household products that are currently recyclable or can be diverted from the landfill. If you have suggestions or questions on any other commodities not listed here, please contact us so we can update our list. Mahalo for your kōkua!

Medical Waste

Prescription drugs can be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events that happen every six months in Kona and Hilo, or every year in Waimea & Pāhoa.  Please visit the Household Hazardous Waste page for more information on what is acceptable and when they occur.  There are also various national programs for the take-back of prescription medications.  For additional information, the following resources have been provided.

Syringes

“Safe Syringe Disposal Options” by the State of Hawai‘i Dept. of Health

Disposal of Medical Sharps by U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyBrochure on Recommended Needle Disposal Options for Self-Injectors

Safe Needle Disposal – Coalition for Safe Community Needle Disposal (1-800-643-1643)

Phonebooks /  Phone directories

Hawaiian Telcom Phonebook School Recycling Challenge (a.k.a. Berry’s Think Yellow, Go Green)

Paradise Yellow Pages (Yellowbook):

  • Great American Self Storage
    74-5499 Loloku St.
    Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
    Everyday 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Town & Country Moving & Storage
    888 Kalanianaole Ave Ste #B
    Hilo, HI 96720
    Mon. – Fri. 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    969-1911 – Call first

Not interested in receiving a phone directory, you can opt out of phone directory delivery easily.

The County of Hawai‘i Recycling Section is joining forces with the Product Stewardship Institute to raise awareness about this important environmental issue and to encourage people to opt out of unnecessary phone book deliveries. Opting out is free, fast, and easy—and it makes a huge impact!

By opting out of receiving a phone book, you can quickly reduce your environmental footprint, save taxpayer funds and stop wasteful distribution.

How Do I Opt Out of my Phone Book(s)?

1. Visit yellowpagesoptout.com
2. Enter your zip code and create an account
3. After completing registration, click “opt out of or order directories”
4. Choose the “opt out of all” option or choose which directories you want to stop being delivered to you, then “save changes” and hit CONFIRM

It’s free, easy, and takes just 3 minutes!

Phone Directory Opt-Out Today

Expanded Polystyrene (foamy #6 resin code plastic a.k.a. Styrofoam®)

No current recycling options.  Please dispose with your regular rubbish.

Intact Bubble-wrap & Foam peanuts drop-offs:

  • Copy Post Plus
    77-6425 Kuakini Hwy Ste C2, Kailua-Kona
    331-1943
  • Kailua Candy Company
    73-5612 Kauhola St, Kailua-Kona
    329-2522
  • Mailboxes
    75-1027 Henry St, Kailua-Kona
    329-0038
  •  Paradise Business Center
    15-2662 Pahoa Village Rd, Pahoa
    965-1111
  • UPS Store
    75-5660 Kopiko St, Kailua-Kona
    331-2285
  • Volcano Island Honey
    46-4013 Puaono Rd, Honoka`a
    775-1000
  •  Waipio Valley Artworks
    48-5416 Kukuihaele Rd, Honoka`a
    775-0958

Fire Extinguishers:

To properly dispose/recycle fire extinguishers please take them to the following locations:

Company Location Contact # Fees/Restrictions
Big Island Scrap Metal Shipman Industrial Park, Kea‘au 854-4530 (Please call first) None
County of Hawai‘i
Solid Waste Division
Hilo & Kona Transfer Stations’
Scrap Metal Bin
Must be EMPTY! no charge; commercial extinguishers not accepted by law
Hilo Fire Extinguisher Kea‘au 966-7356 Free, only if sold by them
National Fire Protection Hilo

Kona

935-8448

325-7891

$15.00/unit

or $10.00/unit if sold by them

Guardian Fire Waimea 889-0608 $8.00/unit, only if sold by them

Note: The Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events will not accept fire extinguishers.

Smoke Detectors

The US Environmental Protection Agency & County of Hawai‘i both recommend that you return your no longer usable smoke detector to the manufacturer.  The address of the manufacturer is usually listed in the product warranty or user’s manual.  If the smoke detector has an alkaline or lithium ion battery, please remove it and recycle the battery appropriately.

The County of Hawai‘i’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events and the County of Hawai‘i landfills and transfer stations are prohibited from accepting ionization-type smoke detectors (look for “ionization” or “americium 241” on the detector to determine if it is an ionization type detector).  The County’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events now accept photoelectric type only smoke detectors (must clearly state “photoelectric” type only) from a household only.

Businesses, agencies, non-profits and farms must all contract with a hazardous materials management company or the smoke detector manufacturers to dispose of their smoke detectors.

Unwanted Firearms ammunition

Please contact County of Hawai‘i Police Department at 935-3311.  Describe exactly what types, quantities and the reason for disposal of the unwanted ammunition to the police dispatch person.  An officer will follow-up and determine whether they will handle the disposal/destruction of your ammunition.