Scrap Metal

propane tank & metal automotive partsScrap metal is often the bulkiest and heaviest material collected at municipal transfer/recycling facilities. Recycling scrap metal will help save thousands of dollars in avoided disposal costs, and will conserve limited landfill space. It also conserves natural resources by replacing the need for virgin raw materials with recycled scrap metal to produce new metal goods! Recycling one ton of scrap metal saves: 2,500 pounds of iron ore! 1,400 pounds of coal! 120 pounds of limestone!

Compressed gas cylinders/tanks must be empty before drop-off at site that accepts them.  If you have metal appliances to recycle please see: Appliances/White Goods

For commercial/industrial refrigerators/freezers/HVACs, the refrigerant must be removed prior to disposal.  Contact a refrigeration service company for refrigerant removal service and documentation.  Documentation of refrigerant removal must be presented to the scrap metal personnel before they will accept the item(s).

West Hawai‘i

In West Hawai‘i, clean scrap metals may be taken to these locations:

  • Atlas Recycling Centers
    Mon - Fri: 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    74-5599 Pawai Place, Kailua-Kona
    329-6868 (Please call first)
    Scrap metal value may be paid to you for materials accepted.
  • Big Island Scrap Metal
    74-589 Honokōhau St., Kailua-Kona
    Accepts empty propane tanks. No electronics, microwaves or dishwashers.  Please remove all trash and non-metal items.
    Monday to Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Saturday: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    854-4530 (Please call first)
  • Airgas Gaspro (propane tanks only)
    Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    74-5035-C Queen Ka‘ahumanu Hwy., Kailua-Kona
    329-7393 (Please call first)
  • The Kealakehe Recycling & Transfer Station
    Daily 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway, Kailua-Kona
    No commercial, government agency or non-profit agency generated metal accepted at this location.  No automobiles, greasy auto parts, propane tanks or other compressed gas cylinders accepted at this location.
    There is no charge for household scrap metal recycling at this County facility.

East Hawai‘i

In East Hawai‘i, clean scrap metals may be taken to these locations:

  • Atlas Recycling Centers
    Mon - Fri: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Sat & Sun: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    30 Maka‘ala St., Hilo
    935-9328 (Please call first)
    Scrap metal value may be paid to you for materials accepted.
  • Big Island Scrap Metal
    16-168 Kalara St., Kea‘au
    Accepts empty propane tanks.  No electronics, microwaves or dishwashers.  Please remove all trash and non-metal items.
    Monday to Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Saturday: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    854-4530 (Please call first)
  • Business Services Hawai‘i
    Daily 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    16-630 Kipimana St., Kea‘au
    966-7489 (Please call first)
  • Cash4Cars
    28-354 Sugar Mill Rd., Pepe‘ekeo
    808-238-0320 or 808-230-5791
    (Please call first)
  • Mr. K's Recycle & Redemption
    Sunday - Saturday 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    815 Kino'ole St., Hilo (next to K's Drive-In & Kadota Liquors)
    969-1222
    Accepting aluminum, copper, bronze, stainless steel, brass and other non-ferrous metals.
    Scrap metal value may be paid to you for materials accepted.
  • Hilo Recycling & Transfer Station
    Daily 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    No commercial, government agency or non-profit agency generated metal accepted at this location.  No automobiles, greasy auto parts, propane tanks or other compressed gas cylinders accepted at this location.
    There is no charge for household scrap metal recycling at this County facility.
  • Kea‘au Recycling & Transfer Station
    Sunday - Saturday 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    No commercial, government agency or non-profit agency generated metal accepted at this location.  No automobiles, greasy auto parts, propane tanks or other compressed gas cylinders accepted at this location.
    There is no charge for household scrap metal recycling at this County facility.
  • Pāhoa Recycling & Transfer Station
    Sunday - Saturday 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    No commercial, government agency or non-profit agency generated metal accepted at this location.  No automobiles, greasy auto parts, propane tanks or other compressed gas cylinders accepted at this location.
    There is no charge for household scrap metal recycling at this County facility.

All County of Hawai‘i Recycling & Transfer Stations are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

If your permitted business would like to be listed on this website please email tchaves@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Copper

New copper regulations:

In July of 2007, Act 197 was enacted by the Hawai‘i State Legislature to deter copper theft. This law establishes new rules for scrap dealers and redeemers.

Atlas Recycling and Mr. K's Recycle & Redemption buy back copper. The payout amount is according to type and weight.  Customers must be at least eighteen years old and have a valid picture ID. The paperwork received from the recycler must be notarized. Once the notarized document is returned to the recycler, a payment is issued by check only. The notarized paperwork is kept on file, as required by law.

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