HANAPEPE – The Kaua‘i Recycles Drop bin location outside of the Hanapēpē Refuse Transfer Station was the site of an ugly scene on Friday July 5th. An illegal dumper left behind a large load of cardboard and mixed paper on the ground outside of the empty cardboard recycling bin.
Resident Josiah Laulama was recycling at approximately 6:45 PM when he noticed the County’s Recycling Program Coordinator Keola Aki documenting the illegal dumping. Mr. Laulama jumped right in to assist with the clean-up effort and by 7:00 PM both men had all the recyclables properly sorted and in the bins.
It appeared that a restaurateur had dumped a load of bulk food packaging items that a normal resident would not normally purchase. As a reminder, the Kaua‘i Recycles drop bins are for residents only. Businesses can drop recyclables free of charge at Garden Isle Disposal in Līhu‘e. Call the County Recycling Office at 241-4841 for information on business recycling.
The County’s Solid Waste Office would like to thank Mr. Laulama for assisting with the clean-up of the area and would like to encourage more people to be proactive when they see misuse of the recycling bins. If you can safely photograph or take down the license plates of those illegally dumping, the Kaua‘i Police Department can investigate and if found guilty fines of $1,000 can be charged.
For more information call 241-4841. To report illegal dumping call Police Dispatch at 241-1711.