Kokua Line

June Watanabe

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Question: I have a set of very old encyclopedias (1982). Can I put this into the recycling bin for old newspapers, tie them up for bulky pickup or just put them in the regular weekly trash pickup, five books at a time?

Answer: Unfortunately, there is not much of a demand for old encyclopedias anymore, as you probably discovered.

But you cannot deposit them into the community recycling bins because bound books aren't accepted for recycling, according to the city's recycling office. (You can call 682-5410 for more information about recycling.)

You can either put the encyclopedias out for the weekly trash pickup, a few books at a time, or take them all to one of the city's Convenience Centers, where you can dispose of household trash. There is no charge.

At a convenience center, you should deposit them in the combustibles containers, which means they will be taken to HPOWER and burned.

There are also containers for noncombustibles, which are taken to a landfill; containers for yard waste, which are taken to mulching and composting sites; and containers for large appliances, tires and auto batteries, which are taken to recycling facilities.

The sites are in:

-- Ewa, on Geiger Road, near the gate to Kalaeloa, phone 226-2996, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

-- Laie, behind the Laie Corporation Yard (56-020 Kamehameha Highway), phone 293-8714, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

-- Wahiawa, 71-129 Wilikina Drive, phone 621-3648, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

-- Waianae, off Plantation Road, next to the Waianae Landfill, phone 696-4203, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

-- Waimanalo (does not accept tires; use Kapaa), Hihimanu Street, near the sewage treatment plant, phone 259-7182, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

-- Waipahu (does not accept tires; use Ewa), Waipahu Depot Road, near the Honolulu Police Academy, phone: 676-8878, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

-- Kapaa, Kapaa Quarry Access Road, phone 262-4248, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

-- Kawailoa (no separate green waste bin; use Wahiawa to recycle), Kawailoa Road, Haleiwa, phone 637-5511, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

-- Keehi (accepts green waste and combustible material only), 606 Middle St., phone 845-1162, noon to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

-- Waimanalo (disposal only; no recycling), 92-460 Farrington Highway, phone 668-2985, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

Q: What is the health code regarding eateries having available restrooms? My family and I were recently dining at Teddy's on Monsarrat when my 3-year-old had to use the restroom. They told me they didn't have one and that I would have to go to the gas station up the street or the park down the street.

A: Under current rules, restaurants don't have to provide restroom facilities for the public unless liquor is served, explained Craig Onaga, acting chief of the state Department of Health's Sanitation Branch.

"A lot of restaurants provide restroom facilities as a convenience, but if they don't serve liquor, it's not required," he said.


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