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Donations slip to Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center

AHUKINI — County of Kaua‘i Solid Waste Division Project Manager Shantelle Rego was hopeful the second shipping container would fit the amount of donations to the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center on Friday at the Kaua‘i Resource Center on Ahukini Road.

“The crews are already working on the second container,” Rego said. “I hope everything fits so we don’t have any overflow.”

Donations were down from the previous two months, as the ARC team worked on filling the second shipping container compared with the three containers from the January and February collections.

Despite the slowdown, the load meant approximately 14,000 pounds of material would not end up at the landfill.

“No, we don’t accept chemicals,” said David Chung, the ARC team leader as a contributor asked about a new container of motor oil. “You can check with the Kaua‘i Resource Center office for good leads on who can use the oil.”

Oil products, including motor oil, cutting oil, and fuel oil, can be recycled at the refuse transfer stations, according to the county’s website on hazardous waste.

The County of Kaua‘i hosts a free Household Hazardous Waste collection for residents on a semi-annual basis. The next event is scheduled for March 25-26 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On March 25, HHW will be collected in Kapa‘a at the end of Kahau Road past the Kapa‘a Skate Rink, and at the Hanapepe County Baseyard on Lele Road.

On March 26, HHW will be collected in Kilauea at the Anaina Hou Community Park behind the mini golf, and at the Kaua‘i Resource Center off Ahukini Road near the airport.

A product is hazardous if the label says: Caution, Warning, Danger or Poison.

Following the March collection, the next scheduled Household Hazardous Waste event will be on Sept. 23-24.

The next Salvation Army ARC monthly donation will take place on April 21 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kaua‘i Resource Center, Chung said.

Residents, businesses, and other organizations can bring in unwanted or unneeded items for reuse, including clothing, small furniture, children’s toys, books, and shoes. Clothing and textiles do not need to be in good condition. Torn or stained clothing is acceptable.

Unacceptable items include eWaste, chemicals, appliances, or broken items.

The county encourages the public to check in with their local thrift stores to see if they can take donations before bringing items to the Kaua‘i Resource Center.
Source: The Garden Island

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