Public Drop-Off: Saturday, October 27

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

Welcome to the Public 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 represent a public or private school or university; any City, County, State or Federal/Military branches in Hawai‘i, a small to medium sized business (of less than 100 employees) or a non-profit that wishes to dispose of ewaste through this program please visit the Institutional registration page for details.

Guidelines for Participation

This program is open for Hawai‘i household residents who wish to dispose of personal ewaste on Saturday, October 27 from 9:00am to 3:00 pm; no need for households to register. Residents may drive in to one of six drop off locations on Hawai‘i Island, Kaua‘i, Maui, or Oahu to recycle their personal end-of-life electronics. Please click on a site below to view a printable map to its drop-off location. Also, review the list of acceptable ewaste items before you drive to any of the drop-off sites located at:

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.

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!

People unloading their vehicles of their 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