propane tank & metal automotive parts

Scrap metal is often the bulkiest and heaviest material collected at municipal transfer/recycling facilities. Recycling scrap metal will help save thousands of dollars in avoided disposal costs, and will conserve limited landfill space. It also conserves natural resources by replacing the need for virgin raw materials with recycled scrap metal to produce new metal goods! Recycling one ton of scrap metal saves: 2,500 pounds of iron ore! 1,400 pounds of coal! 120 pounds of limestone!

If you have metal appliances to recycle please see Appliances/White Goods page.

For commercial/industrial refrigerators/freezers/HVACs, the refrigerant must be removed prior to disposal.  Contact a refrigeration service company for refrigerant removal service and documentation.  Documentation of refrigerant removal must be presented to the scrap metal personnel before they will accept the item(s).

West Hawai‘i

In West Hawai‘i, clean scrap metals may be taken to these locations:

  • Atlas Recycling Centers
    Mon – Fri: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    74-5600 Alapa St, Kailua-Kona
    329-6868 (Please call first)
    Scrap metal value may be paid to you for materials accepted.
  • Business Services Hawai‘i
    Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    966-7489 (Please call first) Servicing the entire island
    Call for list of acceptable items
  • Big Island Scrap Metal
    74-589 Honokōhau St., Kailua-Kona
    Accepts empty propane tanks. No electronics or microwaves.  Please remove all trash and non-metal items.
    Monday to Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Saturday: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    854-4530 (Please call first)
  • County Recycling & Transfer Station Locations
    • Rules for County Recycling & Transfer Station Locations
      Starting April 13, 2020 all Scrap Metal Collections at Recycling & Transfer Stations are suspended until further notice.
      No commercial, government agency or non-profit agency generated metal accepted at these County locations.
      No automobiles, no auto/boat/motor parts (including but not limited to engines, motors, transmissions or other metals with fluids), no propane/oxygen/acetylene tanks or other compressed gas cylinders accepted at these County locations.
      Small clean metal cans (soup, meat, fruit/veg or pet food) and metal caps/covers/lids are accepted.  May be crushed.
      There is no charge for household scrap metal recycling at these County facilities.
      All County of Hawai‘i Recycling & Transfer Stations are closed on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
    • Kealakehe Recycling & Transfer Station – closed until further notice.
    • Ka‘auhuhu/Hāwī Recycling & Transfer Station – closed until further notice.
    • Ke‘ei Recycling & Transfer Station – closed until further notice.
    • Puakō Recycling & Transfer Station – closed until further notice.
    • Wai‘ōhinu Recycling & Transfer Station – closed until further notice.
    • Waimea Recycling & Transfer Station – closed until further notice.

East Hawai‘i

In East Hawai‘i, clean scrap metals may be taken to these locations:

  • Atlas Recycling Centers
    Mon – Fri: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Sat & Sun: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    30 Maka‘ala St., Hilo
    935-9328 (Please call first)
    Scrap metal value may be paid to you for materials accepted.
  • Big Island Scrap Metal
    16-168 Kalara St., Kea‘au
    Accepts empty propane tanks.  No electronics or microwaves. Please remove all trash and non-metal items.
    Monday to Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Saturday: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    854-4530 (Please call first)
  • Business Services Hawai‘i
    Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    16-630 Kipimana St., Kea‘au
    966-7489 (Please call first)
    Call for list of acceptable items
  • Hilo Propane
    Propane Tanks ONLY (Fee)
    170 Maka‘ala St., Hilo
    961-0089 (Please call first)
  • Mr. K’s Recycle & RedemptionDaily 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    815 Kino’ole St., Hilo (next to K’s Drive-In & Kadota Liquors)
    969-1222
    Accepting aluminum, copper, bronze, stainless steel, brass and other non-ferrous metals.
    Scrap metal value may be paid to you for materials accepted.
  • County Recycling & Transfer Station Locations
    • Rules for County Recycling & Transfer Station Locations
      Starting April 13, 2020 all Scrap Metal Collections at Recycling & Transfer Stations are suspended until further notice.
      No commercial, government agency or non-profit agency generated metal accepted at these County locations.
      No automobiles, no auto/boat/motor parts (including but not limited to engines, motors, transmissions or other metals with fluids), no propane/oxygen/acetylene tanks or other compressed gas cylinders accepted at these County locations.
      Small clean metal cans (soup, meat, fruit/veg or pet food) and metal caps/covers/lids are accepted.   May be crushed.
      There is no charge for household scrap metal recycling at these County facilities.

      All County of Hawai‘i Recycling & Transfer Stations are closed on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
    • Hilo Recycling & Transfer Station – closed until further notice.
    • Honoka‘a Recycling & Transfer Station – closed until further notice.
    • Kea‘au Recycling & Transfer Station – closed until further notice.
    • Laupāhoehoe Recycling & Transfer Station – closed until further notice.
    • Pāhala Recycling & Transfer Station – closed until further notice.
    • Pāhoa Recycling & Transfer Station – closed until further notice.
    • Volcano Recycling & Transfer Station – closed until further notice.

Copper

New copper regulations:

In July of 2007, Act 197 was enacted by the Hawai‘i State Legislature to deter copper theft. This law establishes new rules for scrap dealers and redeemers.

Atlas Recycling and Mr. K’s Recycle & Redemption buy back copper. The payout amount is according to type and weight.  Customers must be at least eighteen years old and have a valid picture ID. The paperwork received from the recycler must be notarized. Once the notarized document is returned to the recycler, a payment is issued by check only. The notarized paperwork is kept on file, as required by law.