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Mix - Paper, Metal Cans & Plastic #1 & #2 Non-HI-5 Glass Bottles & Jars
The Mixed container is for paper, cardboard,
metal cans and plastics #1 or #2. Details »
The Glass container is for small glass containers
only.  No HI-5 containers. Details »

Place extra containers around your house for Mixed items and one for Glass in the kitchen.


Residents are allowed to use the 2-Bin recycling bins at County Recycling and Transfer Stations. These stations are closed for New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day and are open according to the schedule on our Facilities page.


Businesses are not allowed to use the 2-Bin system. Please contact one of the following local recycling companies to find out what materials they accept for commercial recycling.


Recycling works when you follow the rules about what can and cannot be placed in the bins. If the wrong materials are placed inside the bin the result could be the entire contents of the bin may end up in the landfill instead of recycled. Because it costs more to sort out contaminants, that’s taxpayer dollars that could be used for something else.  Just because you think it is recyclable doesn’t mean we accept it.  We appreciate your support in following the rules.

What Happens After You Recycle (PDF brochure)

When in doubt, leave it out!

All items placed in the 2-Bin system must be rinsed clean and labels do not have to be removed.  Unacceptable items/contamination increases processing and your taxpayer cost.  Contaminated items will be disposed in the landfill.

Changes to County of Hawai‘i Recycling Program – New List of Acceptable Materials Starting December 1, 2018

MIXED BIN Acceptable (must be clean)

Box board paper paper-cardboard
office paper paper-newspaper
paper-magazines Non-HI-5 aluminum and tin cans
plastic resin code #1 & #2 recyclable plastic resin code #1 & #2 bottle, jar and jug
Paper of all types like:
  • corrugated cardboard (please flatten all boxes)
  • newspaper or phonebooks (to opt-out of phonebook delivery click here or donate them to a local school recycling challenge)
  • magazines
  • office paper (no shreds)
  • junk mail
  • wrapping paper (non-metallic)
  • boxboard/paperboard like cereal or cracker boxes and cardboard (e.g. paper towel) tubes flattened
Plastic containers like:
  • plastic jars, jugs or bottles with #1 resin code (PET, PETE or polyethylene terephthalate) (no caps, covers or lids)
    plastic jars, jugs or bottles with #2 resin code (HDPE or high density polyethylene) (no caps, covers or lids)
  • milk or juice jugs (no caps, covers or lids)
  • ketchup or sauce bottles (no caps, covers or lids)
  • mayonnaise or jelly jars (no caps, covers or lids)
  • laundry, shampoo, hand soap or dish detergent bottles and containers (no caps, covers or lids)

The plastic jars/jugs/bottles must have a “1” or “2” on the bottom. There will be a triangle made of arrows with the number in the middle.

Plastic jars, jugs or bottles can be crushed to save space.

Do not include the plastic covers, caps or lids.  Do not include the pumps or trigger spray dispensers.

Small metal and aluminum cans like:
  • soup cans
  • canned meat, vegetables or fruits
  • cat food cans
  • metal covers, caps or lids

Metal containers can be crushed to save space.

Finally, do not insert other types of recyclables in plastic bags and place them in the recyclables bins.

Items Not Accepted IN THE MIX BIN

Pizza box, waxed milk carton, styrofoamDo NOT place the following in the 2-Bin system:

  • Contaminants:
    • Contaminated materials or containers that are dirty, have food residue or oil on them, or have not been rinsed clean.
    • Empty paint cans or containers.
  • Plastics:
    • Plastic bags of any type. Plastic bags can be recycled by taking them to KTA Hilo or Target. Or reuse them on your next shopping trip to the store or at farmer’s markets.
    • Plastic containers or plastic covers/caps/lids that are stamped with a #3, #4, #5, #6 or #7 inside a triangle made of arrows. These symbols indicate the type of plastic and are usually on the bottom of the container.  If there is no marking on the plastic do not put it in our recycling bins.
    • Plastic containers with resin code #1 that are not in the form of a jar, jug or bottle (e.g. clamshells for fruit, eggs, salads or pastries; trays or tubs)
    • Plastic containers with resin code #2 that are not in the form of a jar, jug or bottle (e.g. trays or tubs)
    • Plastic containers with resin code #5 (e.g. tubs for yogurt, cottage cheese, margarine/butter/cheese spread or medicine bottles)
    • Plastic covers, caps or lids.  Plastic pump or trigger spray dispensers.
    • Expanded polystyrene (a.k.a. Styrofoam® or EPS, #6 plastic) packing materials, cups, food containers (‘clamshells’ or plate lunch containers) or food trays
    • Plastic squeezable tubes (e.g. toothpaste, glue, food products)
    • Plastic playground equipment (kiddie pool, balls, jungle gym/slides etc.) and toys
    • Large plastic items – laundry baskets, lawn chairs, ducting, buckets
    • Plastic agricultural products (e.g. pots, irrigation systems, trays & tools)
    • Plastic packaging in the form of hard, clear ‘blister’ or form packaging – generally #3 plastic.
    • Plastic packaging in the form of bubble-wrap
    • Plastic film (e.g. shrink wrap, cling wrap)
    • Disposable plastic utensils (forks, spoons, knives & etc.)
    • Kitchen or cooking utensils
    • Plastic syringes/needles
    • Automotive fluid (motor oil, fuel, brake fluid, antifreeze & etc.) containers
    • Pesticide or herbicide (poison) containers
    • HI-5 beverage containers, instead please take them to a HI-5 redemption center.  Or donate them.
  • Paper:
    • Wax or plastic coated containers or wax paper, metallic or metal foil coated papers (i.e. juice foil bags, milk/juice cartons, soup foil-pack cartons or microwaveable foil-lined bags for crisping food).  Cartons are also known as gable-top aseptic containers.
    • Paper towels, paper plates/cups, napkins, facial tissues
    • Parchment paper
    • Photographic paper
    • Shredded paper
  • Glass:
    • Window glass panes, jalousies or louvers, mirrors and windshields. aquarium tanks.
    • Lighting fixtures (lamps, chandeliers, sconces and etc.).
    • Light bulbs (incandescent, fluorescent, LED, UV and HPS) are not acceptable.
    • CRT (cathode ray tube) TVs or monitors
  • Metal:
    • Empty or filled spray cans (aerosol cleaners, hairspray, poisons, paints and etc.)
    • Empty or filled compressed gas containers (propane tanks, butane canisters, camp stove gas containers)
    • Metal squeezable tubes (e.g. toothpaste or adhesives)
    • Single-use aluminum pie/loaf pans
    • Aluminum foil
  • Do not fill plastic bags with recyclable materials and put the whole bag in the bin. Instead empty the contents of the bag in the bin and dispose of the plastic bag with your regular rubbish.

When in doubt, leave it out!


Non-HI-5 recyclable glass

In the Glass bin, put all types of small glass containers like:

  • Wine bottles
  • Liquor bottles
  • Jams and jelly jars
  • Baby food bottles
  • Pickle jars
  • Mason jars
  • Makeup or perfume containers

Rinse bottles clean. Labels do not have to be removed.  No covers/caps/lids.

HI-5 redeemable beverage containers are NOT accepted. Beer bottles are redeemable so don’t put them in the glass bin.

Not Acceptable:

  • Covers, caps or lids
  • Drinking glasses or stemware
  • Leaded crystal glassware
  • Window panes, jalousies
  • Mirrors
  • Automobile windshields
  • CRT TVs or monitors
  • Fluorescent bulbs, incandescent light bulbs and other lighting fixtures
  • Aquariums, terrariums
  • Optical glasses
  • Vases
  • Pyrex® or similar glass cookware
  • When in doubt, leave it out!

The Volcano Recycling & Transfer Station glass bin will be locked from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. daily.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  Please do not leave your glass containers during the closures.