The county Department of Public Works announced Tuesday, Feb. 1, that Green Earth Matters Inc. in Moloa‘a now accepts pallets for recycling.
“This is the first pallet recycling opportunity on Kaua‘i for nearly 20 years,” said Recycling Programs Coordinator Keola Aki. “The option for recycling pallets on the island opens the door to future legislation to ban pallet disposal, which would divert hundreds of tons of material from our landfill every year.”
Green Earth Matters is located on Lot 69 at 6020 Ko‘olau Road in Moloa‘a. Pallets are being accepted from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Unpainted and untreated wood pallets are acceptable. They are ground, have the nails removed and the remainder is transformed into a mulch mix.
The new service will reduce hauling costs for many businesses currently disposing pallets at the Kekaha landfill while providing a recycling opportunity for this material.
The recycling of pallets reduces the amount of material going to the landfill and decreases the methane that would be generated from the pallets as they break down in Kekaha. Pallets are also very bulky, even when cut in half, so diverting them from landfills will save valuable airspace.
For tipping fees and other information, call Green Earth Matters at 808-651-2058.