To help make the holidays greener, the Solid Waste Division of the Department of Environmental Management will again offer “Treecycling”!
Between December 26, 2017 and January 20, 2018, residential customers may leave trees in the designated areas (not in the rubbish chutes) during normal business hours, at any County landfill or transfer station (excluding Miloli‘i and Ocean View Transfer Stations). Trees should be free from all decorations, stands, lights, tinsel and ornaments. Please do not drop off artificial or flocked trees in the designated areas. Any flocked trees, artificial trees or trees with tinsel are not recyclable and may be disposed of in the regular trash chutes.
The Facility Attendants will direct the public to the proper drop-off point. For more information or a map and directions to drop-off locations, go to http://www.hawaiizerowaste.org/facilities/ .
All commercial customers must recycle trees at either the East Hawai`i Organics Facility in Hilo or the West Hawai‘i Organics Facility in Pu‘uanahulu. Residential loads that contain both green waste and trees will be required to scale. All commercial haulers or commercial holiday tree collectors must proceed to the County scale house prior to disposal.
For Hilo Recycling and Transfer Station, residential customers with only holiday trees may proceed directly to the East Hawai‘i Organics Facility. Look for the designated area to drop off trees and there is no need to go to the County scale as is normally required.
Customers utilizing the West Hawai‘i Organic Facility in Pu‘uanahulu for Christmas Tree recycling should follow the same year-round procedures for Greenwaste recycling. Customers must immediately proceed to the scale upon entering the facility.
Also, please recycle your Kadomatsu decorations with other Greenwaste. Kadomatsu decorations are normally a combination of bamboo, pine and flowers. Kadomatsu is a tradition that began 600 years ago in Japan as a way of offering luck in the New Year.
Mahalo for recycling and keeping these resources out of the landfills!
For more information on Recycling in Hawai‘i County, visit www.hawaiizerowaste.org or call our Solid Waste Division Office at 961-8270.