UH campuses provide opportunity for safe disposal of unwanted electronic equipment

eWaste Disposal Day to be held Saturday, October 28, 2006

University of Hawaiʻi
Larry Wiss, (808) 956-9393
UH Information Technology Services
Courtney Baum, (808) 956-9083
External Affairs & University Relations
Posted: Oct 16, 2006

HONOLULU — The University of Hawaiʻi will provide Hawaiʻi residents an opportunity for free Earth-friendly disposal of computers and other unwanted electronic equipment during an "eWaste Disposal Day" on October 28 hosted at UH Mānoa, Leeward Community College, Windward Community College, UH Hilo, Kauaʻi Community College and Maui Community College.

This public eWaste disposal service is designated for individual residents to recycle their eWaste; commercial businesses are ineligible for participation. Event staff will be present at each location to unload items from vehicles from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The eWaste Disposal Day web site at http://www.hawaii.edu/ewaste provides full information on items accepted, maps pinpointing specific drop off locations on the six UH campuses, and alternatives to disposal, such as donation of unwanted equipment for re-use by others.

eWaste Disposal Day is part of a weeklong educational eWaste disposal program through which UH campuses and Hawaii Department of Education schools will be working together to responsibly dispose of their eWaste on the islands of Oʻahu, Kauaʻi, Maui and Hawaiʻi.

While safe for everyday use, computer monitors and older television picture tubes contain an average of four pounds of lead and require special handling. In addition to lead, electronics like VCRs, fax machines, PDAs, pagers or cell phones can also contain chromium, cadmium, mercury, beryllium, nickel, zinc, and brominated flame retardants. Responsible recycling of unwanted or broken eWaste items keeps these environmentally-sensitive hazardous materials from ending up in our air and water. All equipment collected during eWaste Disposal Days will be disassembled and responsibly disposed of.

For more information, visit: http://www.hawaii.edu/ewaste