Hazardous material collection steady

HANAPEPE — There was little time for lunch Sunday as the crew from Enviro Services unloaded hazardous materials at the Hanapepe Refuse Transfer Station.

“The county just started doing twice-a-year hazardous material collections, last year,” said Emily Medeiros, county recycling specialist who showed up to monitor the collection activity. “Having the collection twice a year is good because people who miss the first one can always look forward to disposing of their materials on the next date.”

Prior to the twice-annually arrangement, if a person missed the collection, there was no fixed date of when the next collection would take place.

“Our next hazardous materials collection is during the second weekend in April,” Medeiros said.

Representatives from Enviro Services manned special collection sites in Hanalei, Kapaa, Lihue and Hanapepe to accept the hazardous materials from residents.

Residents visiting the sites were surprised at the ease of disposing of hazardous materials, ladies being surprised they didn’t even have to get out of their vehicles as the Enviro Services people swooped down to unload the discarded materials.

Medeiros said it will take about three weeks to come up with an analysis of the weekend’s collection.

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