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Pahoa ‘Reuse Center’ closing temporarily

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The Reuse Center at the Pahoa Recycling and Transfer Station will be closed temporarily beginning this week for the construction of improvements that will make it a better resource for the community.

The county Department of Environmental Management plans to enclose the Pahoa reuse center partially to make it easier to manage the reusable items that are made available to the public.

The Pahoa reuse facility is expected to reopen in November under a new contract for the operation of reuse centers at county transfer stations island-wide by a private vendor.

The county has issued a public Request for Proposals for that contract which is expected to be issued in November.

Anyone interested may contact the county Purchasing Division at 961-8231 or online at co.hawaii.hi.us/purchasing/bid….

Only the reuse center portion of the recycling and transfer station is closing temporarily. All the other recycling, Hi5 redemption and rubbish services will be available.

Reuse centers take reusable, donated items from the public for distribution to other members of the public who can reuse the items. Recycle Hawaii, the non-profit organization currently operating reuse centers at the Keaau Recycling and Transfer Station and other recycling and transfer stations, accepts reusable items free and charges a nominal fee for items taken from the facility.

Donating reusable items to reuse centers provides a useful service to the community and helps preserve space in county landfills.

Meanwhile, the public is being asked to take their reusable items to the Keaau Recycling and Transfer Station until the Pahoa reuse center is operating again.

The Department of Environmental Management also would like to acknowledge the volunteers who have helped operate the reuse facility in Pahoa and the many people who have visited the facility over the last few weeks.

The department now looks forward to bringing back a better reuse facility for the public this fall.

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