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Not going to the landfill

LIHU‘E — There were 69 cars with donations to The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center during the first two hours of opening Friday at the Kaua‘i Resource Center on Ahukini Road.

“It’s been pretty steady,” said David Chung, on-site manager of the ARC group collecting donations. “Sixty-nine cars is about par. Last month’s collection, we saw 340 cars.”

The monthly collection is open to residents, businesses and other organizations able to bring in unwanted or unneeded items, including clothing, small furniture, children’s toys, books and shoes.

Shantal Rego of the county Department of Public Works Recycling Office said people need to check with island thrift stores before bringing items to the donation site.

“We take almost everything,” Chung said, pointing out an electric bicycle that sat off to one side of the storage bin. “Just no bring in gas or oil.”

The single-day collection joins other goods and are shipped to O‘ahu, where they benefit the Honolulu ARC no-fee program. These are items that without the donation program or thrift shops would end up in the landfill, or accumulate to become fall hazards or fire hazards in the home.

“We’re all part of the program,” Chung said. “The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center helps men with drug and alcohol problems. We’re not funded by the state or government, and it’s free for men who have problems.”

For more than 100 years, The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers have offered spiritual, emotional and social assistance to those who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves.

The free programs provide housing, food, counseling, community and rehabilitation services while helping men work toward ultimately combating the root causes of prolonged alcohol and drug dependence.

During the monthly donations, ARC also offers pickup services from thrift stores and businesses only. By calling 241-4195, the information will be forwarded to the ARC for the next monthly pickup.

The next ARC reuse collection is Friday, Nov. 6 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kaua‘i Resource Center, located adjacent to the Reynolds Hawai‘i recycling center and the Lihu‘e Refuse Transfer Station.

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.
Source: The Garden Island

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