AHUKINI — Francis Harper, a Reynolds Recycling employee, said the good thing about the new location at the Kauai Resource Center is that it’s covered.
“Look,” he said. “The wind is blowing in our face, we have shade, and when it rains, we’re under cover.”
Harper and the remainder of the crew relocated from the Nawiliwili Harbor site, and were joined by dignitaries from the County of Kauai in blessing the new facility.
The new facility is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. five days a week, closed Wednesdays and Sundays.
The certified redemption center accepts all Hi5 products and also will have a buy-back program for aluminum, copper, brass and stainless steel scrap metals.
The opening of the Ahukini location will not affect the Reynolds site in Kapahi.
“I’m excited to be here,” said Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami. “Recycling is one of the county’s top priorities, and the Hi5 program is one of the most effective waste-diversion programs in Hawaii with more than 7 billion containers redeemed since the program’s start. We are lucky to have such an experienced vendor in Reynolds Recycling to provide service out of our Kauai Resource Center.”
Acting County Engineer Lyle Tabata added his thank you, noting that for some individuals on Kauai, the redemption of Hi5 containers is an important source of income.
“We look forward to welcoming all our current and new customers to this bright, newly-refreshed location,” said Terry Telfer, president of Reynolds Recycling. “Reynolds has been recycling for 38 years. We are locally owned and operated, and work to preserve and protect Hawaii’s natural beauty.”
Telfer said Reynolds Recycling is looking for people who want to work.
Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.