Mr. K's Mid-Year Dashboard
Small, individual actions mean a lot when multiplied by an island. Some of the stories behind the stats for the first six months of 2023:
The positive impact of the e-waste legislation (Act 151) passed last year continues to benefit Hawai`i County, both in terms of increased weight recycled and cash savings. Read more.
Mr. K's collected 78 tons of car batteries. Did you know Hawai`i County could discard over 50,000 car batteries every year? Read more.
Lauren Blissett does some final touch-ups on the bottle-cap map in an outdoor work area at the Volcano Art Center.
Photo credit: L Blissett
For months, Lauren Blissett not only dropped off her HI5s at Mr. K's but also took home bags of dirty plastic bottle caps. Her project? Creating a vibrant relief map of our island from styrofoam and bottle caps as part of Changing Oceans: Changing Minds, an art installation at the Volcano Art Center by Māori artist and environmental activist George Nuku (exhibit ended in September).
Staff Spotlight - Brianne Moses
Maybe you've wondered how that young cashier or handler could be so mellow and good-natured despite the hot day and hard work? Now's your chance to find out what Brianne Moses enjoys about working at Mr. K's, and why Mr. K's thinks she has what it takes to operate a baler. Read More.
Impact of E-Waste Recycling law
Even with lighter weights of devices over time, the chart at left suggests the difference recycling goals and incentives can make. TVs have recycling goals and incentives, electronic devices haven't, until the e-waste recycling legislation took effect this year.
Find out more about electronic waste recycling trends in Hawai`i.
Data from the State of Hawaii Department of Health.
Mr. K's Recycles PV Solar Panels!
Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, used to generate electricity, have an average life of 20 to 40 years, and panels installed going back to the 19080's are starting to age out. Many contain lead, cadmium, and other toxic chemicals that can leach into the soil.
Keep PV solar panels out of our landfills by bringing them to Mr. K's for convenient recycling.
WANTED: Your Gently Used Clothing Items
Did you know that Mr. K's has a small thrift store? Clothing generally goes for 50 cents each, while items like heavy coats may be $1 - $5. Help redistribute your gently used items to local families.
Bring men/women's clothing, shoes, jackets, etc., to the Office.
We're sorry we are not accepting children's clothing at this time. We encourage you to visit the Keiki Closet (tel: 808-215-0311), which supports foster children. Mahalo!
Join the Mr. K's team! Full-time and Part-time positions available.
Recycling Tip: No Debris in HI-5s
Our goal at Mr. K's is to maximize the amount of waste that doesn't go into the landfill. To help HI-5's be accepted for recycling ...
West Hawai`i Collection
Scrap Material Drop Off (Hilo)
Electronic Waste Collection (Hilo)
Closed on the Following Holidays
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