Free e-waste collection will take place on a rotating basis at four island transfer stations on Saturdays beginning at the Wa'ōhinu Recycling and Transfer Station this Saturday. E-waste collection will continue at the Wa'ōhinu Transfer Station on the first Saturday of each month thereafter.
Wa'ōhinu – the first Saturday of each month.
Waimea – the second Saturday of each month.
Kealakehe (Kona) – the third Saturday of each month.
Hilo – the fourth Saturday of each month.
All e-waste collection sites are open 9am – 4pm and residents can drop
off TVs, monitors, laptops, VCRs/DVD players, stereo receivers/amplifiers,
UPS systems, cameras, cellular and landline telephones.
This program helps the environment by providing a safe way to dispose of unwanted electronic devices. There is also an incentive to receive a gift card with each donation. A great explanation of the program can be found here: http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/splash/electronicdevicerecycling.jsp
New e-waste disposal option in Hilo
Mr. K's Recycle & Redemption
(next to Kadota Liquors at the intersection of Kino'ole & Hualalai)
has started accepting electronic waste.
Hours of Operation: Daily, for free, from 9am to 3pm, Sunday through Friday, with extended hours from 8am to 4pm on Saturdays.
No drop-offs after hours or when unmanned/closed.
This is illegal dumping and he will prosecute violators.
Acceptable items (no charge):
Phones (cell phones & household phones)
Other assorted small electronic devices - must call for details
Mr. K's also collects segregated #1 PETE plastic and pays $.05/# for it
Not acceptable items:
Other Home Appliances
Mr. K's Recycle & Redemption phone number: 969-1222
please call ahead if you have a large quantity or special needs
From the County of Hawaii Deputy Director, Department of Environmental Management:
The County of Hawai`i Department of Environmental Management will begin collecting residential e-waste. Read the media release here.
Happy to report the Department of Environmental Management will be setting up e-waste collection sites at four public transfer stations and landfills around the island. Several one-time public e-waste events that were being planned for later this month will not be held after the County was unable to secure the dates needed on both sides of the island. Scheduling private e-waste vendors for one or two collection events a few times a year has worked to some extent in the past but hasn't provided the long-term solution necessary for the disposal of e-waste.
The state law intended for manufacturers to pay for recycling has not provided convenient options for our County and proper disposal of e-waste has become a challenge. The County has requested funds to help offset the costs and grant funding may yet arrive but we can't wait. Instead of periodic collection events, DEM will collect e-waste and safely dispose of it through a private vendor contract.
You also may check to see if a manufacturer's mailback offer for electronic devices applies to your e-waste at www.hawaiizerowaste.org, or you may take e-waste to Mr. K's Recycling on Kinoole Street in Hilo (some charges may apply). We believe this service will help meet the growing demand for proper e-waste disposal that we're hearing in the community. It will also help extend the life of our landfills by increasing diversion of recyclable waste, and will help keep our island clean, healthy and safe.