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 Technology 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.”
The County of Hawai‘i promotes Electronics Recycling through various program and private efforts. Select the topic from the list below to learn more.
DONATE YOUR ELECTRONICS FOR REUSE
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 Alliance for Technology Refurbishing & Reuse (AFTRR is a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to the support of training through donated technology. They 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).
ELECTRONIC DEVICE RECYCLING & RECOVERY COLLECTION CENTERS
Mr. K’s Recycle & Redemption Center
Manufacturer-funded electronics recycling take-back collection location
FREE Electronics Recycling Collection
e-Stewards and R2 certified recycling
Call (808) 969-1222 for more information.
Hilo: 815 Kino‘ole St.
Open daily 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Households welcome daily.
Businesses, government agencies & non-profits on weekdays by appointment only.
Kona: Call 969-1222 for details
Households, businesses, government agencies & non-profits welcome.
Businesses, government agencies & non-profits by appointment only.
Businesses, government agencies and non-profits MUST:
- Schedule an appointment for drop-off in advance, and
- Limit items to one pallet-load per business or agency customer.
For appointments, please contact Mr. K’s at 808-969-1222 to schedule or for more information. Mr. K’s also accepts computers for reuse/refurbishment.
Mr. K’s also offers pick-up service. Call for rates or visit their website at https://www.mrksrecyclehawaii.com/electronic-waste.html.
Accepting: TVs, computers, laptops, tablets, computer keyboards & mice, computer monitors, printers, VCRs, CD/DVD/Blu Ray players, stereo receivers/amplifiers (no speakers), UPS systems, digital cameras, mobile and landline telephones. Items not on this list will not be accepted for recycling.
STATE OF HAWAI‘I ELECTRONIC DEVICE RECYCLING & RECOVERY LAW
The Hawai‘i Electronic Device Recycling and Recovery Law requires manufacturers of electronic devices to operate recycling programs. Electronic devices (EDs) include computers, computer printers, computer monitors, portable computers with a screen size greater than four inches measured diagonally, and televisions with a viewable screen of nine inches or larger.
The State of Hawai‘i Legislature passed Act 151 Relating to Recycling in 2022 which mandates that “Manufacturers must fully fund their recycling plan, including the collection, transportation, and recycling of all electronic devices in the State.” These plans include “Manufacturer recycling goals”, and the plans “shall provide collection services at a minimum of once per month” “at no cost to the owner” in certain population centers starting in January 2023. The full text of Chapter 339D, Hawai‘i Revised Statutes (HRS) is available here.
The State of Hawai‘i Department of Health is charged with implementing this program, for more information on the Hawai‘i Electronic Device Recycling & Recovery Law (HEDRR) please visit their website. Retailers are prohibited from selling non-registered products in Hawai‘i and they must make information available to customers on where EDs purchased can be returned for recycling. This take-back program also applies to all previously purchased EDs from the registered Manufacturers.
For more information contact:
Hawai‘i Department of Health
Solid & Hazardous Waste Branch
2827 Waimano Home Road #100
Pearl City, HI 96782
(808) 974-4000 extension 64226# (toll-free from the Big Island)
Lane Otsu –
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
- 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 Recycle Programs
- Sony Take-Back Program
- Tiger Direct Trade-In/Donate/Recycle Program
- Walmart 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||(808) 895-9325||Charles Higa|
|EnviroServices & Training Center, LLC.||www.gotoetc.com||505 Ward Ave., Suite 202
Honolulu, HI 96814
|(808) 839-7222||Greg Perry|
|Mr. K’s Recycle & Redemption||www.mrksrecyclehawaii.com/||815 Kino‘ole St.
Hilo, HI 96720
|(808) 969-1222||Roy Kadota|
|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
|(808) 545-5195||Jeremy Sirkin|
|T&N Computer Recycling Services LLC||www.tncomputerrecycling.com||P.O. Box 4320
Kaneohe, HI 96744
|(808) 371-0281||Nik Nikolaidis|
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, (808) 969-1222
- Pack Ship & Copy Depot, Waimea, (808) 885-8810 (“Cell Phones for Soldiers” Program)
- Waikoloa Mailbox, (808) 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
391 E. Maka‘ala St., Hilo, HI (808) 920-8605
74-5455 Makala Boulevard, Kailua-Kona, HI (808) 334-4020
Waikoloa Highlands Center, (808) 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:
Honoka’a Public Library, (808) 775-8881
Ocean View Community Center, (808) 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.
MICROWAVES, FANS, VACUUMS, TOYS & AUDIO SPEAKERS ARE NOT E-WASTE
Microwave ovens, fans, vacuums, toys and audio speakers are not considered electronic waste or an appliance for recycling purposes in the County of Hawai‘i. They are considered regular rubbish.