Bottle bill change in effect tomorrow

Beginning Saturday, consumers can bring up to 200 Hi-5 empty beverage containers per visit to a certified bottle redemption center and request that they be hand counted.

Previously, only loads of 50 containers or less could be hand counted.

The change addresses the concern that consumers weren’t getting accurate refunds based on weight averages; however, hand counting larger loads does take longer.

Consumers still have the option of having their beverage containers weighed, with refunds based on a standard conversion rate determined by the state Department of Health. This method reduces the amount of time spent waiting in line, but it’s less accurate.

To receive a refund for Hi-5 beverage containers, visit any of the bottle redemption centers on the island:

• Hanalei — located at the Hanalei Community Center, open Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Kapahi — located behind the Menehune Food Mart on Kawaihau Road, Tuesday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Kekaha — located at the Kekaha Landfill, Wednesday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Lawa‘i — located next to the Lawa‘i Post Office, Wednesday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Lihu‘e — -located at Garden Isle Disposal on Niumalu Road, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 pm, and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon.

• Nawiliwili — located near the old Hale Kaua‘i building, Tuesday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All redemption sites except for Hanalei and Kekaha are closed for lunch between noon and 1 p.m. Those visiting the centers are encouraged to arrive at least 30 minutes before lunch and closing.

For more information, please contact the County Recycling Office at 241-5112 or log on to the county’s website, www.kauai.gov.

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