HAWAII ISLAND – The government response to the dengue fever outbreak continues, and officials are hoping to promote an island-wide cleanup of potential mosquito breeding areas. Hawaii County will be extending hours at transfer stations and holding two Household Hazardous Waste collections in the month of April.
Hawaii County Civil Defense issued a new message on Friday.
To support home and business owners in cleaning and removing potential breeding areas, the County of Hawaii Department of Environmental Management will be extending its weekend transfer station hours for the entire month of April. All transfer stations island-wide will be opened on both Saturday and Sunday for the month of April from the hours of 6:00am to 6:00pm. Normal transfer station hours will resume during the work week.Hawaii County Civil Defense
The dates for the Household Hazardous Waste collections are as follows:
Saturday April 23rd at the Kailua Kona Transfer Station
Saturday April 30th at the Hilo Transfer Station
Residents like Louanne Ondo are hoping to see action taken at places like the Keaau water spigot near the solid waste facility. “Why isn’t the county cleaning the area?” Ondo asked when sharing the photos with Big Island Video News recently (above). “And why are people dumping their rubbish where we get our drinking water? Come on please take care of our Aina!”
For more information on both transfer station hours and the household hazardous waste collection please go to the website at www.hawaiizerowaste.org
Civil Defense said that although the number of confirmed cases of dengue fever “appears to be on the decline and conditions continue to improve, everyone’s vigilance is needed to bring this outbreak to an end. Please continue to Fight the Bite.”