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An eWaste pickup event will be held at six University of Hawaiʻi campus locations on Oʻahu, Kauaʻi, Maui and Hawaiʻi.

The University of Hawaiʻi is aiming to reach a goal of helping Hawaiʻi responsibly recycle and dispose of five million pounds of ewaste through the statewide Education and Government eWaste Disposal Days program. United States researchers estimate that consumers have, on average, two to three obsolete computers in their garages, closets or storage spaces. UH’s Education and Government eWaste Disposal Days program is a great opportunity to recycle that equipment safely and responsibly. Every ounce counts!

Public and private schools, city, county, state or federal/military branches, non-profits, small businesses (of less than 100 employees) and private citizens are all encouraged to participate by dropping off unwanted ewaste that will be accepted free of charge October 25–27 at seven sites on four islands.

Thursday, October 25 and Friday, October 26, are designated as equipment drop off days for the following groups who are required to preregister through the program’s webpage, and indicate the amount of equipment that they wish to recycle:

  • All public or private schools or universities
  • All city, county, state or federal/military branches
  • Small to medium sized businesses (of less than 100 employees)
  • Non-profit organizations

No preregistration is required for Hawaiʻi residents who wish to recycle their unwanted personal electronics free of charge at any of the sites on Saturday, October 27.

Participating in UH’s recycling effort will help eliminate some of the negative impact that improper ewaste disposal has on Hawaiʻi and the world. All ewaste collected will be shipped to certified recycling centers in North America where the equipment will be processed in an environmentally safe manner.

Drop off sites will be located at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, Windward Community CollegeLeeward Community College, UH Hilo, UH Maui College and Kauaʻi Community College. The Hawaiʻi State Department of Education will host a drop off site at Kealakehe High School in Kailua-Kona. All seven sites will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. However, only three sites will be open on October 25 so check the program’s webpage for a complete schedule, maps to drop off locations, and a list of the equipment that will be accepted.

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