Reusable items (bag, cup, teddy bear, clothing & equipment) & Reuse Options

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One of the best ways to live zero waste is to reuse. Reuse means using things multiple times, buying gently used items, repairing rather than buying new, donating to charities and community groups, or re-selling items.

These actions prevent solid waste from entering the landfill, allow our communities to flourish and make our island a better place to live. Just by taking useful products discarded by those who no longer want them and providing them to those who do helps more citizens on our island. In many cases, reuse supports local community and social programs while providing donors with tax benefits and reduced disposal fees.

Replacing single-use items with reusable goods whenever possible, is even better than recycling because the item does not need to be reprocessed before it can be used again.

Ways to reuse:

  • When buying big ticket items, why not save money and buy a used car or buy used household goods like washers, dryers, and refrigerators.
  • When you go shopping, bring your own reusable bag.
  • Donate your unneeded or excess non-perishable food to your local food bank.
  • If you do get a disposable food container, wash and reuse it.
  • Take a coffee mug from home when you go to a coffee shop.
  • Reuse the back side of paper for taking notes.
  • Repair broken or worn items if possible
  • Use rechargeable batteries
  • Buy or sell used items:
    • at a yard sale,
    • in the classified ads in a local paper,
    • at a consignment shop or pawn shop,
    • on the internet, at a buy and sell website.

Items to give away:

Household items include:

  • Clothes
  • Cooking and eating utensils
  • Small appliances
  • Tools
  • Furniture
  • Blankets
  • Toys
  • Books & Magazines

reusable clothing, shoes, stuffed animal, books & kitchenware

House building items include:

  • Lumber- more than 4 feet long
  • Kitchen and bathroom fixtures
  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Concrete blocks and bricks
  • Latex Paint
  • Large appliances
  • Light & Fan Fixtures

reusable construction materials, appliances, paints & fixtures

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Hawai‘i STATEWIDE

West Hawai‘i REUSE CENTERS

Buy or donate house building items to:

Buy or donate household items at:

  • Salvation Army Thrift Shop (Kailua-Kona), 331-1307
  • Big Island Runners (Year-round Reuse-A-Shoe Program, Kona), 938-2296
  • Fashion Consignment Studio (Kamuela), 885-7923
  • Goodwill Industries, 74-4786 Kanalani St. (Kona) 443-5858
  • King’s Daughters Thrift Store (Kealakekua), 323-8178
  • Kona Bay Books (Kailua-Kona), 326-7790
  • Kona Thrift Store (Kailua-Kona), 334-0815
  • Kona Outdoor Circle Thrift Shop (Kailua-Kona), 329-6217
  • Mama’s House Thrift Store & Book Shop (Waimea), 887-2287
  • St. James Episcopal Church Thrift Shop (Waimea), 885-0560
  • Treasure Island Thrift Shack (Kealakekua), 323-3283
  • Kealakehe Reuse Center at the Kealakehe Recycing & Transfer Station
    74-625 Hale Māka`i Place, Kailua-Kona
    Open 7 Days a Week 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    except New Year’s, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Ironman Triathlon Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas
    For more information call Recycle Hawai‘i at 238-2978.
  • Keauhou Reuse Center at the Keauhou Recycling & Transfer Station
    Open 7 Days a Week 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    except New Year’s, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas
    For more information call Recycle Hawai‘i at 315-2745.
  • Waimea Reuse Center at the Waimea Recycling & Transfer Station
    Open 7 Days a Week 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Except New Year’s, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas
    Accepting usable latex paint for reuse at this location
    For more information call Recycle Hawai‘i at 895-0482.
  • Wai‘ōhinu Reuse Center at the Wai‘ōhinu Recycling & Transfer Station
    Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Closed on Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s
    For more information call The Transfer Station Thrift Store at 319-9333

East Hawai‘i Reuse Centers

Buy or donate house building items at:

Buy or donate household items at:

  • Goodwill Industries (Hilo), 961-0307
  • Hilo Bay Books (Hilo), 935-9234
  • It’s Deja Vu (Hilo), 935-0922
  • Kilauea Books (Hilo), 961-0870
  • Salvation Army Thrift Shop (Hilo), 935-5531
  • Stella’s Place (Hilo), 961-2190
  • Smith’s Appliance, 961-0322 (white goods and appliances, offers clean recycled mattresses)
  • Hale Aloha O Hilo Habitat for Humanity ReStore (Hilo), 935-6677
    Offers and accepts limited home furnishing items or appliances in good condition (new or “gently used”).
    Limited pick-up service available. Call first.
  • Hilo Reuse Center at the Hilo Recycling & Transfer Station
    Ho‘olaulima Rd. (before the Transfer Station, on makai side)
    Open 7 Day a Week 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    except New Year’s, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas
    Accepting usable latex paint for reuse at this location
    For more information call Recycle Hawaii at 896-0048
  • Kea‘au Reuse Center at the Kea‘au Recycling &Transfer Station
    16-921 Kea‘au-Pāhoa Rd., Kea‘au
    Open 7 Day a Week 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
    except New Year’s, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas
    Latex Paint Reuse Center at this location (donate usable latex paint or buy what is available)
    For more information call Recycle Hawai‘i at 895-6815.
  • Pāhoa Reuse Center at the Pāhoa Recycling &Transfer Station
    Open 7 Days a Week 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    except New Year’s, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas
    For more information call Recycle Hawai‘i at 895-5775.
  • Laupāhoehoe Reuse Center at the Laupāhoehoe Recycling & Transfer Station
    Sunday & Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, 6:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s
    For more information call Recycle Hawai‘i at 969-2012.

Packing Materials

reusable packing materials Bubble wrap and foam peanuts are accepted by many local businesses:

  • Kailua Business Center, 329-0038
  • Kailua Candy Company, 329-2522
  • One-Stop Mail Shop (Pahoa), 965-1111
  • Honoka‘a Live Art Gallery, 775-1240
  • Waipi‘o Valley Artworks, 775-0958
  • Volcano Island Honey (Ahualoa), call 775-1000