By Nina Wu
Happy New Year!
Are you clearing out the house for a clean start to the New Year? Hui o Ko‘olaupoko and Oahu Resource Conservation and Development Council are holding the fifth annual Waimanalo Community Clean-up from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11 at Waimanalo Beach Park.
Mark it on your calendar, because it's a great one-stop shop for recycling.
You'll be able to recycle scrap metal (including appliances and propane tanks), regular size tires without rims, cell phones, computers, printer cartridges, batteries, paper, magazines, TVs and all types of plastic.
If there are Waimanalo residents who are unable to haul their recyclables to the park, then curbside pick-up can be arranged. The towing of unwanted vehicles in any condition is also available.
Hui o Ko‘olaupoko is also recruiting volunteers to help sort the recyclables or to form a "Street and Stream Clean-up Team" to pick up litter throughout the ahupua‘a.
"The annual clean-up provides community members a hands-on opportunity to care for the natural resources in the Waimanalo community, including the beauty of Waimanalo's back roads, streams, mountains and bays."
Last year's efforts brought in more than 15,000 pounds of scrap metal, 200 tires, three roll-off bins of trash and bulky items, six pallets of electronic waste, 1,000 pounds of paper and magazines and many more recyclable items.
To sign up as a volunteer, make an appointment for curbside pickup or towing, visit www.huihawaii.org or call Kristen Nalani Mailheau at 381-7202.