Aloha Aina Earth Day in Aiea to collect prom dresses, household appliances

Hawaii Independent Staff

HONOLULU—The Aloha ‘Aina Earth Day #114 Recycling Community Clean-Up and Fundraiser will be in Aiea this month to support the Aiea Community Association.

The monthly recycling drive was created to provide residents with an easy way to get rid of recyclable waste while raising money for community groups. This month’s event is scheduled for Saturday, August 13 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Alvah A. Scott Elementary, 98-1230 Moanalua Rd.

For the first time, the recycling drive will accept new, or like new formal (prom) dresses, accessories, handbags, and dress shoes. These items will go to the Bella Project, a sponsor and non-profit organization that collects formal dresses and accessories throughout the year to donate to high school women in Hawaii who are unable to purchase their own prom attire.

Another addition to the drive is the acceptance of new, and like new career attire, accessories, handbags, shoes, and makeup. These items will go to Dress for Success, an organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Other items that the public is encouraged to bring are: scrap metal, bicycles, appliances, lawn mowers, beverage containers, cardboard-corrugated, newspaper, used cooking oil, cellular phones, printer cartridges, PDAs, cameras, gaming systems, electronics, telephone books, magazines, used bath and beach towels, cardboard egg cartons/ drink trays, DVDs, CDs, Blu-Ray and games, used eye glasses, hearing aids, all types of batteries, computers, printers, scanners (no limit), one TV per car, usable clothing and household items, plastic bags, plastic bottle caps, two incandescent light bulb exchange for two CFLs (2 per person), canned goods for Hawaii Food Bank, and monetary donations for Hawaii Meals on Wheels. For free towing of unwanted cars and free roll-off bin service for scrap metal, call (808) 306-1876.

Please do not bring tires, motor oil, paints, hazard fluids, freezers, refrigerators, air conditioners, microwave ovens, gas tanks, and green waste. 

For more information, call the Office of Rep. Blake Oshiro at (808) 586-6340.