February 29, 2016

Recycling is Back!

Photo of empty plastic bottles of varying colors.

The Lanai Redemption Center will reopen for business on March 2 to support the community’s waste management and recycling efforts. The center will continue to collect and process redeemable HI-5 beverage containers including aluminum, plastic, glass and bi-metal containers.

General Manager Roger Yamagata is happy to share that the center is actively pursuing greater engagement and fundraising within the community.

“Starting March 2, we will accept HI-5 containers people would like to donate to charity,” explained Yamagata. “Beverage containers that are currently being thrown into the Lanai landfill could help subsidize worthy causes on Lanai,” says Yamagata. “It can be difficult for residents to donate cash, so now we are offering a channel for people to donate cans or bottles at the Redemption Center and we will write a check to the organization of their choice.”

Residents will receive a receipt for their donation, and the center will send a check to the organization once the total for all the donations received exceeds $25. Yamagata explains that Maui Disposal has contributed to fundraising efforts for non-profit organizations, as well as paddle clubs, hula halau, and churches.

Support staff from Maui will be working at the center in early March to help quickly process recyclables residents have collected during the closure. Yamagata has committed to keeping extra workers on Lanai as long as there is demand.

In addition to recycling redeemable beverage containers, don’t forget that you can cash in non-ferrous metals, including:

  • Copper
  • Aluminum
  • Stainless steel
  • Brass
  • Aluminum radiators
  • Aluminum rims

These non-ferrous metals are recyclable and are measured by the pound. The recycling center does not take steel, and center employees will check your questionable items for you with a magnet to see if there is any steel in the material. If the magnet sticks, you cannot recycle it at the center.

More Tips for Recycling

Ready to begin recycling again? Here are some tips to help ease the process:

  • Glass bottles must be whole, and you don’t need to separate by color
  • Plastic bottles must have the HI-5 labels attached, if the paper label falls off glue it back on or place it within the bottle
  • Aluminum cans should not be crushed – the center must be able to read the HI-5 label

Where and When to Recycle

The Lanai Redemption Center is at the same location on 12th and Fraser Street. The recycling center will be open during the same hours it maintained in the past.

Hours of Operation

Monday – Wednesday: 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Friday: 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Saturday: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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