Saturday, February 5, 2011

Where to Recycle your Hawaii Kai "Stuff"

Honolulu Magazine published a useful article about where to give away extra stuff left after the Christmas holidays and during that end-of-year housecleaning.  As our landfills fill up, reuse and recycle becomes ever more important.

Batteries - Home Depot stores accept cell phone, power tool, rechargeable, and alkaline batteries.  Best Buy will also accept batteries (see below).

Bikes - Donate any bike with good, usable parts to Kalihi Valley Instructional Bike Exchange (K-VIBE), a non-profit bicycle shop and intervention program for the at-risk youth of Kalihi Valley.  1638 Kamehameha IV Rd.  808-791-9480.

Blankets, Towels, Pet Supplies - Hawaiian Humane Society needs old linens and pet supplies like leashes and toys.  2700 Waialae, 808-946-2187.

Building materials - Re-Use Hawaii accepts lumber over 5' in length, doors, windows, sinks, bathtubs, new tile, cabinets, hardware, and lighting fixtures.  Materials must be pest-free, mold-free, without termite damage, and reusable.  The non-profit offers a pickup for large amounts, or drop off at their warehouse, 30 Forrest Ave, 808-953-9949.

Electronics - Best Buy inkjet cartridges, recycles fans, vacuums, DVD players, home and car stereos, cell phones, MP3 players, cables and TVs. 

Eyeglasses - the Lions Club, WalMart, Costco, LensCrafters, Sunglass Hut, and Sears Optical all take used prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses.  Visit Costco will also take used hearing aids.

Paint - Honolulu Habitat for Humanity accepts new, unopened, unrusted cans of latex paint or stain.  They sell the cans at their ReStore in Waipahu to support their efforts in the construction of new homes for low-income families.  ReStore also accepts donations of usable household items to sell or use in its business.  94-559 Uke'e St, 808-538-7070.

Most everything can be donated at the monthly, traveling Aloha Aina Earth Day held at various island locations by participating schools and nonprofits.  Contact Rene Mansho, 808-306-1876,

Thanks to Honolulu Magazine's January issue for this information.

Barbara Abe, Realtor