There are products from businesses, farms or agencies that are highly toxic and extremely hazardous to the environment. These items cannot be easily recycled or are prohibited from disposal in the landfill due to the risk of contamination of our drinking water, soil and air. Additionally, there are environmentally-friendly options for the proper disposal or recycling of these materials. The State of Hawai‘i Department of Health also has an Office of Hazard Evaluation & Emergency Response which lists various fact sheets on managing hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants. For more information on electronic waste see our electronic waste page.
Customers should first inquire if manufacturers, producers and retailers of hazardous materials offer take-back options for unused material or products that need disposal. Consumers should also purchase safer, more environmentally-friendly alternative products such as LED light bulbs or rechargeable batteries to reduce the amount of hazardous materials generated.
The County of Hawai‘i promotes proper Hazardous Waste Recycling & Disposal through various private entities. Select the topic from the list below to learn more.
For more information on proper disposal of hazardous waste from businesses (including farms), government agencies & non-profits please visit our Business Resources page. Additional information is available at the State of Hawai‘i DOH Hazardous Waste Section website, click for a listing of Hazardous Materials Management companies (it is the “Haulers & Recyclers List” or the “Permitted Used Oil Transporters/Processors” list). For fact sheets on disposal or clean ups of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants visit the State of Hawai‘i Department of Health Office of Hazard Evaluation & Emergency Response.
Buy only what you need and properly use it all, there will be less chance your business will need to dispose of leftover hazardous materials. By law the County of Hawai‘i cannot accept hazardous waste from businesses, agencies, farms and non-profits.
HAZMAT DISPOSAL OPTIONS FOR BUSINESSES, FARMS, GOVERNMENT AGENCIES & NON-PROFITS
Various businesses offer collections of select hazardous materials in limited quantities:
|Location||Types Of Materials Accepted (limits)||Address & Phone|
|Mr. K’s Recycle & Redemption Center||lead-acid batteries (including automotive, solar system and UPS batteries) – scrap value (per pound rate varies, call for current rate) paid to you
alkaline primary battery recycling pilot project (Hilo only)
|Hilo – 815 Kino‘ole St.
Kailua-Kona – 73-5631 Kauhola St.
(808) 969-1222 (call first)
|DALECO||lead-acid batteries (including automotive, solar system and UPS batteries); FREE (disposal & pick up in service area)||74-5546C Kaiwi St., Kailua-Kona
|O’Reilly Auto Parts||lead-acid batteries (including automotive and solar system batteries); may give store credit for recycled battery||2100 Kanoelehua St., Hilo (808) 959-1221
74-5586 Palani Rd., Kona (808) 326-2211
|Home Depot||rechargeable power tool batteries, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). FREE||(Next to the Customer Service Counter)|
|AKW Environmental||various hazardous materials||(808) 430-2339|
|Big Island Scrap Metal||automotive batteries||16-168 Kalara St., Kea‘au, (808) 854-4530
74-589 Honokōhau St., Kailua-Kona, (808) 854-4530
|Interstate Batteries of Hawai‘i||Lead-acid and deep cycle batteries, including solar batteries and uninterruptible power supply batteries (UPS) – scrap value paid to you; call for quote; If a large quantity generator would like to request pick-up service call for fee quote||194 Wiwo‘ole St. – Hilo
|Napa Auto Parts||automotive batteries (fee)||64-1019 Mamalahoa Hwy, Waimea
|Battery Bill’s||Lead-acid batteries (including automotive & solar system), other types of batteries. Call for price quote.||76A Kea‘a St., Hilo
|State of Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture – Pesticide Disposal Program||Pesticide disposal program for farms and other commercial users of pesticides to safely dispose of canceled, suspended, unwanted or unlabeled pesticides. This Pesticides Disposal Program (PDP) is only for commercial operations such as farms, licensed pest control operators, certified applicators and also state and county agencies. There are some restrictions (see list of acceptable and unacceptable pesticides). Household pesticides will not be accepted under this program.||The registration form and PDP information are available on the HDOA website at: https://hdoa.hawaii.gov/pi/main/pesticide-disposal-program/.|
Or how about becoming a rechargeable battery drop-off location, sign up at the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation’s Call2Recycle website.
The State of Hawai‘i Department of Health Solid & Hazardous Waste Branch has fact sheets that list proper disposal procedures and options, check their website at: https://health.hawaii.gov/shwb/hazwaste/
Additional options are available at the State of Hawai‘i DOH Hazardous Waste Section website, click for a listing of Hazardous Materials Management companies (it is the “Haulers & Recyclers List” or the “Permitted Used Oil Transporters/Processors” list).