Although recycling is a common and important part of today’s society, that wasn't always the case — even in an environmental paradise like Hawaii. Kapolei-based Island Recycling, now the premier paper, plastic, cardboard, and scrap metal hauling service on Oahu, rose from humble beginnings when founder Jim Nutter recognized a need for recycling services more than 30 years ago.
The Founding of Island Recycling
Nutter understood even back then that recycling conserves timber, water, and minerals. It saves energy and reduces pollution since new raw materials do not need to be collected and processed. He was driven to help keep Hawaii's extraordinary landscape pristine and beautiful while preserving its natural resources.
In 1983, Nutter founded Island Recycling to teach Oahu residents the value of environmental stewardship and make it as easy as possible for people to recycle. He set up shop in an old shipping container — itself an example of recycling — and never looked back. His solo endeavor grew steadily, and Island Recycling developed deep, close ties with the community.
Island Recycling Today
Today, the company employs approximately 75 employees and encompasses several acres of Campbell Industrial Park in Kapolei. It maintains three redemption centers in areas across Oahu where residents can drop off vehicles, appliances, HI-5 containers, and recyclable materials like plastics, paper, and ferrous/nonferrous scrap metals. Island Recycling is now Hawaii's foremost multi-commodity recycling center and a one-stop solution for all kinds of recyclables.
Island Recycling helps residential, industrial, commercial, and governmental clients recycle more than 60,000 tons of material each year, an amount that improves income statements and reduces landfill waste. To learn more about the services of this valued Kapolei business, visit their website or call (808) 682-9200 to speak to a courteous recycling professional.