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Free Residential Household Hazardous Waste Collections Events Scheduled in August | Big Island Now

Free Residential Household Hazardous Waste Collections Events Scheduled in August | Big Island Now

August 1, 2022, 3:00 PM HST
* Updated August 1, 1:06 PM

Residents of the Big Island will have two chances in August to dispose of hazardous household waste.

The county Department of Environmental Management announces that household hazardous waste collection events are scheduled for:

  • 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Aug. 6 in Waiākea High School parking lot B in Hilo. Enter via Po‘okela Parkway through the upper driveway off West Kāwili Street.
  • 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Aug. 20, in the West Hawai‘i Civic Center parking lot in Kailua-Kona. Enter from 74-5044 Ane Keohokālole Highway.

These regular collection events are hosted by the county at no charge to the public so residents can conveniently dispose of acceptable household hazardous waste in a manner that protects public health and the environment.

Hazardous waste that will be accepted at the events include automotive fluids, used batteries, fluorescent light bulbs and pesticides. For a complete list of acceptable or unacceptable waste, click here. The website also includes other useful information about solid waste diversion and recycling.

The collection events are for household-generated and self-hauled waste only. Businesses, government agencies, nonprofit agencies and farm wastes are prohibited by law. No latex paint, electronic waste or tires will be accepted.


Additionally, physical distancing rules will be in place for the collection events to ensure the safety of staff and residents.


Those who plan to attend the events are asked to remain in their vehicles unless directed by authorized personnel. Prior to arriving, residents should place the hazardous waste items in their trunk or truck bed and make sure their trunk can be unlocked or opened remotely. For those who don’t have a trunk or truck bed, it is preferred that the materials be placed in the unlocked and unoccupied backseat area.

Because of COVID-19 infection transmission hazards, all containers brought to the event will not be returned and should be disposable. Residents who want to keep their containers should transfer items into a safe disposable container prior to the event.

Other rules include:

  • To minimize interactions, label hazardous waste items, if possible, and make sure items are easily distinguishable and separate from anything else.
  • 6-foot physical distancing is required. Face masks covering the nose and mouth are recommended.
  • Those under quarantine, feeling ill or showing symptoms of illness should consider postponing participation or designate someone else to drop off materials.

For any questions, contact recycling specialist Chris Chin Chance with the Department of Environmental Management at 808-961- 8554 or vial email at [email protected].

“Mahalo for your kōkua in keeping our island a clean and safe paradise,” said a press release from the county.

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Mobile special waste depot events

Residents looking to dispose of household special waste not acceptable for curbside collection can bring their materials to the mobile special waste depot events happening this summer. The next events will be held:

When: Saturday, July 2

Where: Cole Harbour Place, 51 Forest Hills Parkway, Cole Harbour

When: Saturday, July 9

Where: BMO Centre, 61 Gary Martin Drive, Bedford

When: Saturday, July 16

Where: Harrietsfield Elementary, 1150 Old Sambro Road, Harrietsfield

When: Saturday, July 30

Where: Saint Mary’s University, 960 Tower Road, Halifax

When: Saturday, August 13

Where: Marine Drive Academy, 479 Church Point Road, Sheet Harbour

When: Saturday, August 27

Where: Harold T Barrett Junior High School, 862 Beaver Bank Road, Beaver Bank

The mobile drop-off depot will be in operation from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will take place rain or shine.

Materials accepted at the household drop-off depot include:

  • leftover corrosive cleaners
  • pesticides/herbicides
  • gasoline
  • used motor oil (visit for more disposal options)
  • solvents
  • thinners
  • pharmaceuticals and drugs
  • aerosol cans containing hazardous substances
  • barbecue propane tanks
  • small propane cylinders (for example, those used for camp stoves and propane torches)
  • batteries (visit for a full list of retail drop-off locations for batteries and cell phones)
  • leftover liquid paint (paint and empty paint cans may also be returned to any Enviro-Depot. Please visit for locations and hours of operation)

The municipality also operates a permanent Household Special Waste Depot at 20 Horseshoe Lake Drive. Drop-off times are on most Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The permanent Household Special Waste Depot will be closed on July 2 but will reopen on July 9. The household special waste drop-off depots are open only to residents of the Halifax Regional Municipality. Commercial, waste is not permitted.

For more information on Halifax’s solid waste program including updates on future depot events, please visit the website, download the Halifax Recycles app or call 311.

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Deschutes County Solid Waste to host free summer household hazardous waste events

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Deschutes County’s Department of Solid Waste is hosting special one-day collection events in Sisters and La Pine where residents can drop off household hazardous waste for free.

At these events, residents can drop off household hazardous waste products such as lawn and gardening products, photo and pool/spa chemicals, paint, cleaning solutions, motor oil and used rechargeable batteries, fluorescent bulbs and tubes and small propane tanks (5-gallon BBQ size and smaller).

Business-generated hazardous waste, medical waste, explosives, fireworks, ammunition, drums/barrels, compressed gas cylinders will not be accepted.

  • In Sisters, the event will be held on Saturday, July 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sisters Recycling Center.
  • In La Pine, the event will be held on Saturday, July 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at La Pine High School.

For more information, residents should visit or call the Department of Solid Waste at 541-317-3163.

News Release Issued: June 27, 2022