Hawaii County announces year-round vehicle disposal assistance program

  • An abandoned vehicle sits on the side of the road. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today file photo)

KAILUA-KONA — Hawaii County is resuming an amnesty program to help subsidize disposal costs for residents wanted to dispose of unwanted vehicles.

The Department of Environmental Management’s Derelict/Abandoned Vehicle Section is initiating a year-round program in November called the Vehicle Disposal Assistance Program. The program is designed to help registered vehicle owners dispose of unwanted vehicles legally and properly to reduce the number of derelict and abandoned vehicles left on public roadways.

A maximum of two junk vehicles per registered owner, per calendar year, may be disposed of at no charge, according to the department. The county will pay the disposal fee directly to the county’s vehicle disposal contractor. However, the registered owner is responsible for the cost of having their vehicle transported from its current location to the county’s contracted vehicle disposal facility.

Applications for the program will be accepted starting Nov. 1. The department encourages registered vehicle owners are to submit their applications early as there are limited disposal appointments available each day. The applications are available online at www.hawaiizerowaste.org.

Info: Call (808) 961‐8552 or email VDAP@hawaiicounty.gov.

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