Posted by: opala808 | December 26, 2018

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off January 5, 2019

Bring your household hazardous waste to the City’s free drop-off event on Saturday, January 5. Appointment required.  Call by December 28th to sign up with a list of your material and the approximate amounts.  768-3201
Hazardous waste generally includes flammable, corrosive, reactive, poisonous or toxic material.  Find out what is considered hazardous and what items can be safely disposed of at home on our Household Hazardous Waste page.
Next dates for 2019: March 9, May 4, July 6, September 7, November 2.
Posted by: opala808 | August 3, 2018

Join us for our Backyard Composting Workshop in August!

Sign up now for our “Backyard Composting: Nature’s Recycling” workshop at Pearl City Urban Garden Center on August 11th!  This FREE beginner workshop teaches you how to turn yard trimmings and food scraps into soil enriching compost.  Learn the basics, familiarize yourself with the tools and find out what type of backyard system is best for you through this interactive demonstration.  More workshops to come!
Composting improves soil fertility, texture, structure, aeration, water holding capacity and erosion control.  It also stimulates healthy root development and decreases the volume of our waste stream.
Call now for FREE registration: 453-6050.  For more information visit




Posted by: opala808 | August 3, 2018

Drop Off Items for Recycling at Community Drives

Take advantage of these upcoming events to drop off your difficult to recycle items like e-waste, batteries, used cooking oil and more.  Find full list of acceptable items and 2018 schedules at
Going Green: 9:00am-1:00pm
August 4 at Leilehua High School
August 10 at Dept. of Accounting & General Services (9:00-11:00, e-waste and batteries only)
August 25 at Puuhale Elementary
September 8 at Pearl City High School
September 15 at Central Union Church
September 22 at Kaimuki High School
Aloha Aina: 9:00am-12:00pm
August 18 at Sunset Beach Elementary
September 8 at University Labratory School
September 22 at Waipahu High School
Posted by: opala808 | August 3, 2018

Don’t Forget to Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Connect with us on social media!  As we increase our community engagement, stay tuned for upcoming events as well as useful opala tips, resources and service alerts.
Like and share the Refuse Division’s Facebook page (HNL.Opala) at and follow the Department of Environmental Services on Twitter (@HNL_ENV) at
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Posted by: opala808 | June 28, 2018

Shopping Bag Fee Begins July 1

Bag Graphic 15centsSoon, it’ll become even more important to remember to Bring Your Own (reusable) Bags because you’ll be able to save some money at the checkout counter.  Beginning July 1, 2018, retail stores across Oahu are required to charge a minimum of 15 cents per bag they provide to customers to transport merchandise.  This amendment to the Plastic Bag Ban was signed into law by Mayor Caldwell in July 2017.

For the next year and a half, the types of acceptable bags – Compostable Plastic, Recyclable Paper or Reusable – will remain the same, as will the list of “exempted” uses.  However, come January 1, 2020, plastic film bags thinner than 10 mils and compostable plastic bags will no longer be acceptable.   Ultimately, the goal is to motivate customers to use their own reusable bags when they shop, which should reduce the amount of bags in our waste stream and the potential for them to become littered into the environment.  More information at

Pick up a “Bring Your Own Bag!” sticker as a reminder to pack your reusable shopping bags when heading to the store.  Stickers are available at Foodland and Times stores, Yamashiro’s Building Supply (Ace Hardware) Kaneohe, and coming soon to Don Quijote and Marukai.

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Seats are still available for the May 17 Tour de Trash: Construction and Demolition Recycling.  Sign up now to see first-hand how companies give C&D material a second life by transforming it into new, usable forms. The tour and transportation are completely FREE. We will begin and end at Kapolei Hale. Call 768-3200 to sign up.

At PVT Landfill, the majority of incoming C&D waste is separated and processed for reuse or recycling. Up to 900 tons of debris is processed each day to become feed stock to produce natural gas.  The natural gas can then be used as fuel to generate electricity.


Learn how Island Demo deconstructs buildings, recycles the metals, and cleans and grinds concrete to be used as aggregate. Their specialized techniques allow them to salvage as much as possible from demolition sites in order to recycle and reuse the material and keep waste out of our landfill.  West Oahu Aggregate takes debris and recycles them into a variety of material for different uses. Dirt is turned into quality top soil, rocks are crushed and made suitable for wall building and concrete and asphalt are used for aggregate. They also produce and deliver their own recycled, ready mix concrete.


Upcoming tours also include Green Business on June 13, Wastewater Treatment on July 26 and Recyclers and Waste Processors on September 15. Call 768-3200 to sign up or visit for more information on the full 2018 schedule.

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