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<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />William A. Kucharski <br />Harry Kim <br />Director <br />Mayor <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Diane A. Noda <br />Wilfred M. Okabe <br />Deputy Director <br /> <br />Managing Director <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />County of Hawai‘i <br /> <br /> <br />DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT <br />345 Kekūanāoʻa Street, Suite 41 • Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720 <br /> (808) 961-8083 · Fax (808) 961-8086 <br /> <br /> <br />NEWS RELEASE <br /> <br />June 7, 2017 <br /> <br /> <br />Hazardous Waste Collection Event in Kona on June 10 <br /> <br />The Department of Environmental Management announces that the next Household Hazardous <br />Collection will be this Saturday, June 10 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Kailua-Kona <br />(Kealakehe) Recycling & Transfer Station. <br /> <br />The public came out in droves to dispose of their used motor oil, paint, poisons, solvents and <br />batteries at the Hilo Hazardous Waste Collection Event on June 3. It was a record collection <br />event with over 2,200 gallons of used motor oil, almost double the average of the previous 13 <br />collections. More than 21,000 pounds of additional hazardous materials were collected and <br />properly disposed of through the County’s contractor, EnviroServices, Inc. Over 500 Hawai‘i <br />County households participated, a 33% increase over the previous Hilo event. <br /> <br />“The County of Hawai‘i Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events give residents a regular <br />opportunity to clean out their homes and garages of hazardous materials knowing that it is being <br />disposed of safely and properly,” said Chris Chin-Chance, Recycling Specialist III. He noted <br />that these collection programs are key to eliminating illegal dumping of toxic chemicals, and <br />serve to protect the ‘āina and our drinking water. <br /> <br />The Department appreciates the public’s patience and kōkua during these extremely popular <br />events. Hazardous waste collections are based on available funding, and it was only possible <br />to hold two events each this year at the Hilo and Kailua-Kona Recycling & Transfer Stations and <br />one event in March at the Pāhoa and Waimea Recycling & Transfer Stations. <br /> <br />Due to the limited number of County-sponsored events being held, the Department strongly <br />recommends that residents participate in the collection events as they occur throughout the <br />year, to prevent stockpiling of hazardous materials in their homes. <br /> <br />Later this year, there will be a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event for Hilo on <br />December 2, 2017. <br /> <br />For additional information about these events please contact Chris Chin-Chance at <br />808-961-8554. <br /> <br /># # # <br /> <br />County of Hawai‘i is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer. <br /> <br />