Although these products may not be dangerous to use, most of them contain poisonous ‘heavy metals’ such as lead, mercury and cadmium that can pollute groundwater near landfills. Up to 80% of electronics can be recycled, so let’s not take risks with the quality of human health or our environment, and recycle all our electronics. For more information about consumer electronics, visit the Consumer Electronics Association website.
To learn more about how to extend the life of your personal computer, read the article, “Six Ways to Extend the Life of Your Old PCs.”
Donate your ELECTRONICS
Why not donate your working electronics to your local reuse or thrift store? Please visit the Reuse page for listings of local reuse centers and thrift stores.
Other donations are accepted at the Cristina Foundation (The National Cristina Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to the support of training through donated technology. For more than 30 years we have encouraged companies and individuals to donate computers and other technology, which is then matched to charities, schools and public agencies in all 50 states, Canada, and in many countries around the world).
Convenient local electronic device recycling collection centers
Mr. K’s Recycle & Redemption
815 Kino‘ole St.
Mr. K’s Recycle & Redemption has discontinued electronics acceptance starting on February 10, 2017. Please scroll down current webpage for alternative electronics recycling options. Do not abandon your electronics at this site after February 10, 2017 as that would be considered illegal dumping.
COUNTY OF HAWAI‘I ELECTRONIC DEVICE RECYCLING PROGRAM
EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2011
Free residential household electronics recycling collection will take place on Saturdays, on an islandwide monthly rotating basis – see schedule below. These collections are prohibited from accepting electronics from businesses, agencies and non-profits.
MONTHLY ROTATING SCHEDULE
Please note: All County electronics recycling collection sites are open from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., only on their scheduled days. Do not abandon your electronics at these sites when the collection is not operating.
1st Saturday of every month: Wai‘ōhinu Recycling & Transfer Station (Residential only)
2nd Saturday of every month: Waimea Recycling & Transfer Station (Residential only)
3rd Saturday of every month: Kealakehe (Kailua-Kona) Recycling & Transfer Station (Residential only)
4th Saturday of every month: Hilo Recycling & Transfer Station (Residential only)
TVs, computers, laptops, monitors, printers/fax machines/multi-function printers, VCRs, CD/DVD players, stereo receivers/amplifiers (no speakers), UPS systems, digital cameras, mobile and landline telephones. These are the only acceptable types of electronics at these collections.
Unacceptable items may include, but are not limited to, the following: microwaves, cracked CRTs, printer cartridges, shredders, disassembled electronic devices or parts. We also do not accept any electronic device that heats or cools (No heating, ventilation (including fans) or air conditioning). Business, agency or non-profit electronics are prohibited by law.
State of hawai‘i electronic device recycling program
The State of Hawai‘i Legislature enacted Act 13 Relating to Electronic Device Recycling during the First Special Session of 2008, this law mandates Manufacturers are responsible to establish, conduct and manage take-back recycling programs for Covered Electronic Devices (CEDs). CEDs include computers (desktops, laptops & notebooks), computer monitors and computer printers (multi-function printers okay); these devices are eligible for take-back options as of January 1, 2010. Televisions have been covered since January 1, 2011.
The State of Hawai‘i Department of Health is charged with implementing this program, for more information on the Hawai‘i Electronic Device Recycling Program (HEDRP) please visit their website. On the HEDRP website is a list of Manufacturers registered and covered under this program (updated April 2014) and information on how to return your CED to the Manufacturer for proper recycling.
A few sites are accepting drop-offs of Covered Electronic Devices for recycling at no charge, check with your specific Manufacturer’s program. Most manufacturers have implemented mail-back plans for the Big Island. Many mail-back plans are free while some small fees for shipping may apply to others. Retailers are prohibited from selling non-registered products in Hawai‘i and they must make information available to customers on where CEDs purchased can be returned for recycling. This take-back program also applies to all previously purchased CEDs from the registered Manufacturers.
For more information contact:
Hawai‘i Department of Health
Solid & Hazardous Waste Branch
919 Ala Moana Blvd., Room 212
Honolulu, HI 96814
974-4000 extension 64226# (toll-free from the Big Island)
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Manufacturers’ & Retailer’s Programs
Many manufacturers and producers of electronics now have their own trade-in or recycling programs. Visit their website or contact them to inquire about any program they may have. It’s important to let the manufacturers know that we, as consumers, are interested in programs like these, and also to let them know that they too should participate in the recycling of the products they produce.
Listed below are just some of the online trade-in or recycling programs where you may get value for that old electronic item towards a purchase for new electronic equipment. For more options just enter “electronics recycling” into your favorite internet search engine.
- MaxBack (Exchange & Recycle Used Electronics)
- Acer Recycling Program
- Amazon.com Electronics Trade-In Store
- Apple Trade-In & Recycle Program (free shipping, maybe even online store credit for valuable items)
- Best Buy Trade-In Center
- Best Buy Recycling
- Canon Recycling Program
- Dell Recycling Program
- Electronics Manufacturers Recycling Management (Panasonic, Sharp & Toshiba)
- Epson Recycle Program
- GameStop Trade In
- Gateway Trade-In & Recycling Program
- Gazelle.com (cell phones & Apple® products, Free Shipping from Hawai‘i for items with “cash value”)
- Hewlett-Packard Trade-In Program or Hewlett-Packard Eco Solutions Consumer Buy-back & Planet Partners Recycling Program
- Lenovo Recycling
- LG Electronics Recycling Program
- Motorola Takeback Program
- Nokia USA Recycle
- Office Depot/OfficeMax Trade In, Trade Up (printer/tech trade-in)
- Panasonic Electronics Recycling
- Samsung Direct Recycle or Samsung Takeback and Recycle Toner Program
- Sony Trade-In & Take-Back Program
- Square Trade TechForward
- Tiger Direct Trade-In/Donate/Recycle Program
- Wal-Mart Electronics Recycling
- Xerox Toner & Supplies Recycling
Other Companies Recycling Electronics that Serve the Big Island:
|Computer Crisis Solutions
(still working computers & laptops only)
|www.computercrisissolutions.com||Must call for pick up||895-9325||Charles Higa|
|EnviroServices & Training Center, LLC.||www.gotoetc.com||505 Ward Ave., Suite 202
Honolulu, HI 96814
|Island Recycling||www.islandrecycling.com||91-140 Kaomi Lp.
Kapolei, HI 96707
|Pacific Commercial Services||www.pcshi.com||5 Sand Island Access Rd.
Honolulu, HI 96819
|Pacific Environmental Corp. (PENCO)||www.penco.org||65 N. Nimitz Hwy,
Honolulu, HI 96817
|Sims Recycling Solutions||www.simsrecycling.com||99-1305 B Koaha Pl.
Aiea, HI 96701
|T&N Computer Recycling Services LLC||www.tncomputerrecycling.com||P.O. Box 4320
Kaneohe, HI 96744
Electronic Waste (E-Waste) is not accepted at the County’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events.
Mobile Phones and Inkjet/Toner Cartridge Recycling
mobile Phones & Accessories
Many mobile phone service providers and retailers offer take-back programs for mobile phone devices, contact your local carrier first. Also some local organizations hold fundraisers by collecting used mobile phones.
- AT&T – Any phone from any carrier. Part of the proceeds benefits Cellphones for Soldiers.
- Sprint – Accepts any phone, accessories, data cards of any carrier and condition.
- Verizon – HopeLine from Verizon Wireless accepts any phone and battery from any carrier. Proceeds benefits victims of domestic violence. Or Verizon Wireless Trade-In Program – trade in your device for electronic gift card (all carriers’ devices accepted)
- Mr. K’s Recycle & Redemption, 815 Kino‘ole St, 969-1222
- Pack Ship & Copy Depot, Waimea, 885-8810 (“Cell Phones for Soldiers” Program)
- Waikoloa Mailbox, 883-2626
Office Depot/OfficeMax (accepts all types of used inkjet and toner cartridges. Store credit may be given in exchange)
311 Maka‘ala St (Hilo), (808) 969-9595
74-5448 Makala Blvd (Kona), (808) 329-1907
72 Kekuanao‘a St., Suite 332 @ Hilo Shopping Center; (808) 933-1330
Recycle your used inkjet or toner cartridges. Close the loop and buy remanufactured/refilled inkjet & toner cartridges.
391 E. Maka‘ala St., Hilo, HI (808) 920-8605
74-5455 Makala Boulevard, Kailua-Kona, HI (808) 334-4020
Waikoloa Highlands Center, 883-2626
WalMart – Hilo (inkjet cartridges accepted in Electronics section)
325 E. Maka‘ala St.
Small quantities of inkjet/toner cartridges and cell phones are accepted at the following locations:
Honomu Computer Resource Center, 963-6889
Honoka’a Public Library, 775-8881
Ocean View Community Center, 939-7033
Please use original packaging or other protective packing to avoid damage.
Some more information about printer cartridge recycling can be found at InkGuides.com.