HI5 redemption services restored

LIHUE — An interim arrangement has been reached to address the issue with HI5 bottle redemption and commercially generated recyclable services.

Effective Wednesday, the public will be able to take HI5 items to any of the certified bottle redemption centers on the island during normal hours of operation.

Starting today, businesses may take their commercial recyclables to the Garden Isle Disposal facility in Lihue.

Prior to their initial visit, businesses will need to call Alvin, 245-2372.

“The county would like to acknowledge Garden Isle Disposal Inc. for its assistance with restoring these services on a temporary basis pending efforts to seek a more permanent solution,” a county release said.

Kauai Community Recycling Services LLC closed its locations in Kilauea, Kapaa, Koloa and Kekaha on Friday, as the county was unable to solicit a vendor to operate a HI5 redemption center at the Kauai Resource Center in Ahukini.

Additionally, the resource center was no longer accepting non-HI5 recyclables as the county’s contract for services at the facility was terminated with Kauai Community Recycling Service, Inc. — a different entity from KCRS LLC.

Prior to contracting KCRS, Inc. on Dec. 12, the resource center was operated by Garden Isle Disposal.

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