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The County also celebrated the grand opening event for the completed renovation of the Waimea Recycling and Transfer Station this week. The project includes a new re-use center.
The County has established a landfill diversion goal of 50 percent and with re-use centers like this one. The site also includes “Green” or sustainable features. Over 1,000 tons of locally recycled crushed glass were used, and the Re-Use Center is built with locally grown bamboo, a more sustainable alternative to imported lumber.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provided funding for the Waimea Re-Use Center, as well as the future construction of four additional Re-Use Centers planned for the Big Island.
The EPA grant funded the start-up of the County’s first re-use center in Kea‘au and the County is building on its success. In 2009, new re-use Centers were also opened in Keauhou and Hawi. In 2010, the County plans to open a re-use Center at the Pahoa Recycling and Transfer Station.
The renovations were designed by the Department’s Solid Waste Division and Engineering Partners Incorporated and constructed by Bolton Incorporated. The Re-Use Center was manufactured and supplied by Eco Terrestrial Concepts LLC and will be initially operated on behalf of the County by Recycle Hawaii.