October 16, 2019 – November 15, 2019
Due to significant decreases in the global market for recyclables the County of Hawai‘i will no longer accept some of the types of materials collected in the Two-Bin Recycling Program at the Recycling & Transfer Stations. However, the County will continue its ongoing efforts to evaluate potential alternatives to remain environmentally and economically responsible.
Starting October 16, 2019 the Two-Bin Recycling Program will be downsized to collect only:
- Corrugated cardboard. Clean with no food or other contamination (e.g. pizza boxes)
- Brown kraft paper bags (e.g. paper shopping bags)
- Glass bottles and jars will continue to be collected in a separate glass bin (clean non-HI-5 containers such as wine bottles, pickle jars, cosmetic jars). No caps, covers or lids.
Small clean metal cans (e.g. soup, canned meat & vegetables, pet food) will no longer be allowed in the Two-Bin Recycling Program; they may be recycled in the scrap metal bins at select Recycling & Transfer Stations.
These changes do not affect the State of Hawai‘i's HI-5 Redemption Program.
Changes to 2-Bin Recycling Program Starting October 16, 2019 -- reissued press release
Hawai‘i County Gets Picky About Recyclables It Accepts, Citing Global Market Forces (Hawai‘i Public Radio article)