Turning trash into cash

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Koloa resident Jake St. Monica is dropping off his recyclable material at the Kaua‘i Community Recycling Services in Koloa. After Reynolds Recycling in Lihuʻe temporarily closed down because of concerns related to the COVID-19 epidemic, the Koloa location remains one of only four Hi5 recycling centers on the island.

Jason Blasco / The Garden Island

Makana Kanahele, left, and Junior Adriano work together to load recyclable materials into plastic containers that are later stored in plastic barrels at the Koloa HI5 recycling center.

KOLOA — Koloa resident Danny Lopez has used recycling as a source of supplemental income for over five years.