By Nina Wu
The next Aloha Aina Earth Day Recycling Community Cleanup is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13 at Alvah A. Scott Elementary School in Aiea (98-1230 Moanalua Rd.). For the first time, this cleanup is accepting used prom dresses for The Bella Project.
The community cleanups — a one-stop shop for 20 different materials — were created to help residents get rid of recyclable waste while raising money for community groups. They're held once month.
This one – No. 114 — benefits the Aiea Community Association.
Besides the usual items accepted for recycling, including scrap metal, beverage containers, plastic bags, corrugated cardboard, newspapers, phonebooks, magazines and printer cartridges, the drive is accepting "new" or "like new" prom dresses, accessories, handbags and dress shoes for the Bella Project.
The Bella Project is a non-profit that collects the dresses and accessories throughout the year to donate to high school girls in the spring. Dress for Success, another non-profit, will be collecting career attire, accessories, handbags, shoes and makeup for disadvantaged women.
You can also bring bicycles, lawn mowers, used cooking oil, PDAs, cameras, gaming systems, used bath and beach towels, DVDs, CDs, all types of batteries, used eye glasses, printers, scanners and one TV per car to the recycling event.
Got an unwanted car? You can call 306-1876 for free towing.
It's the mother of all recycling events. But there are a few things you're asked not to bring, including: tires, motor oil, paints, hazardous fluids, freezers, refrigerators, air conditioners, microwave ovens, gas tanks and green waste.
Swap two of your incandescent light bulbs for two CFLs. Canned good donations are also being accepted for the Hawaii Food Bank.
Call the office of Rep. Blake Oshiro (D-Aiea, Halawa Valley) at 586-6340 for more information about this recycling event.