It's easy to become complacent since our island has not had a direct hurricane impact since Iniki, but you should always be prepared and plan to ensure the safety of your family and property.
Here are some tips to make sure your trash and recyclables are properly taken care of in case of a hurricane.
Presort your trash and recyclables so you can quickly deposit the material when it's safe. Bulky furniture is only allowed at the Lihue Refuse Transfer Station and Kekaha Landfill. Only Kekaha landfill can accept construction material over 3 ft in length.
Bag rubbish/recyclables and store them in a safe location until the storm has passed and the all clear is given with the notice that refuse and recycling drop points are open again.
Leave material on the ground near or around facilities. This endangers our environment, our workers, and the public.
Wait until a watch or warning is announced before dropping off your trash and recyclables.
IF A HURRICANE HITS
Take shelter, do not try and recycle or deposit any trash.
When it is safe, assess your property. Contact KIUC for any downed power lines and call emergency services if there are concerns for life and limb.
Work with your insurance company to properly document any damage before clearing the area if possible.
Wait for direction from the County on where to go for your refuse. Recycling programs may be suspended following a disaster event. Radio stations will most likely be the point of information for mass communication following a hurricane.