Vandals torch recycling bins in Lihu’e, ‘Ele’ele; reward offered

Garden Isle Disposal is offering a reward of $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for setting fire to the contents of two recycling bins recently.

The recent incident marked the fourth time the bin at the rear of the Eleele Shopping Center has been torched during the life of the Kauai Recycles program, said Steve Kaui, spokesman for Garden Isle Disposal.

Garden Isle Disposal holds the county contract to provide neighborhood bins for recycling of newspaper, aluminum, glass and cardboard, in Princeville, Kapa’a, Lihu’e, Po’ipu, ‘Ele’ele and Waimea.

Just two days after the ‘Ele’ele incident, the Lihu’e bin in the Nawiliwili Road parking lot of Kmart was also set afire, said Kaui.

Besides requiring his company to take out of service the bins until they are repaired and repainted, the burning renders useless all of the recyclable materials inside the bins, he said.

The bins were put back into service within 24 hours of the time the company learned of the burnings, he added.

The incidents are classified as criminal property damage by the Kauai Police Department, which is investigating both cases. Anyone with information on the incidents should call Garden Isle Disposal, 245-2372.

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