Institutional Drop-Off: October 25 and 26

This page is for INSTITUTIONAL equipment use only; for PERSONAL equipment drop-offs, click here.

Welcome to the Institutional information page for Hawai‘i’s Biennial Education & Government eWaste Disposal Days 2012, sponsored by the University of Hawai‘i. We're glad that you've taken this first step with us in reducing pollution through earth-friendly disposal of your unwanted end-of-life electronics in an environmentally safe manner, regardless of the manufacturer, free of charge.

If you are a Hawai‘i resident who wishes to dispose of personal ewaste through this program please visit the Public information page.

Guidelines for Participation

This program is open to all public or private schools or universities; all City, County, State or Federal/Military branches in Hawai‘i, small to medium sized businesses (of less than 100 employees) and non-profits. A representative of each participating organization is requested to estimate in advance the amount of ewaste that they expect to dispose of using the links at the bottom of this page. Please review the list of acceptable ewaste items accessible in the right-hand column of this page before registering. Click on a site below to view a printable map to its’ drop off location. Institution drop-off days, hours of operation, and locations are:

OCT 25
OCT 26
University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Checkmark Checkmark
John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) Checkmark Checkmark
Kaua‘i Community College   Checkmark
Leeward Community College Checkmark Checkmark
University of Hawai‘i Maui College   Checkmark
Windward Community College   Checkmark
Kealakehe High School (Kona)   Checkmark
Hours of Operation: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Re-Use or Donate

Before recycling of your ewaste, you may want to check whether it can be reused by someone else. University of Hawai‘i units can transfer surplus equipment within the University via the UH Online Swap Meet. Another option is to donate other equipment to a non-profit charity for reuse.

Your Data

All hard drives and storage devices will be recycled into commodity grade materials such as metals, plastics, and glass. Nonetheless, if there is any private or personal information on your device we strongly recommend you to securely erase it prior to recycling. For some suggested secure erasure practices, please visit the following resources:

If the device to be recycled has stored personal information about others, note Hawai‘i Revised Statutes 487R: Destruction of Personal Information Records applies to businesses and government agencies in Hawai‘i.

Whether transferring, donating, or recycling you are responsible for ensuring that you have completed the appropriate administrative paperwork for disposal of any items through your institution’s inventory process. University of Hawai‘i disposal guidelines and forms may be found here. Hawai‘i State Department of Education disposal information may be found here.

And of course, be sure to back up any data you may need before recycling. Disposal and recycling services are provided courtesy of Apple.

The Drop-off Process

Staff will be on-site to unload ewaste from vehicles.
View this video for an example of the drop off process.


What is eWaste and Why Does it Matter?

Ewaste is a popular informal name for consumer and business electronic equipment that has reached its useful life cycle. On a worldwide scale it's anticipated by Gartner Dataquest; that there will be more than two billion personal computers (excluding handheld devices) in use by 2015.

Statistics from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reflect that in 2010 over 2,440,000 tons of ewaste was generated in the U.S. alone; and only 27 percent of that equipment, or 649,000 tons were recycled; leaving over 1,790,000 tons that were trashed into landfills and waste streams. Hawai‘i’s Biennial Education & Government eWaste Disposal Days program provides you with an opportunity to do your part towards eliminating a portion of the negative environmental impact that improper disposal of ewaste can have on our state. All equipment collected will be processed in North America in an environmentally responsible way by certified recyclers; recycling and disposal services are provided courtesy of Apple.

Thank you for your participation!

eWaste Estimates: How much will you dispose of?

Review the list of acceptable items, then select your organization category to submit your estimate.

People loading trucks with unwanted electronics.
Image of a reusable computer monitor.

Reuse or Donate

Before recycling your eWaste, check whether it can be reused by someone else. Donate your equipment for reuse to a non-profit charity.

What equipment is acceptable? View the full list.
Using recycled materials rather than virgin materials in manufacturing:
  • Releases less air and water pollutants
  • Reduces demand on trees,water, and minerals
  • Reduces emissions of greenhouse gases
  • Reduces the need for landfills and incinerators
  • Creates jobs which help the state and national economy
  • Helps to sustain the environment for future generations