Computers, Electronics & Inkjet/ Toner Cartridges
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.
If you'd like to donate to locally to Hawai‘i public schools, please visit Hawai‘i Dept. of Education's e-Cycling Program.
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 25 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.
Daily 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Accepting TVs & monitors, computers, printers, phones, DVD players/VCRs and other small electronic devices - FREE! Microwaves not accepted.
COUNTY OF HAWAI‘I ELECTRONIC DEVICE RECYCLING PROGRAM
EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2011
Free residential e-waste collection will take place on Saturdays, on a rotating basis - see schedule below, at the four listed Recycling & Transfer Stations:
Please note: All e-waste collection sites open from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. only on their scheduled days.
- Wai‘ōhinu Recycling & Transfer Station: every first Saturday of the month.
- Waimea Recycling & Transfer Station: every second Saturday of the month.
- Kealakehe Recycling & Transfer Station: every third Saturday of the month.
- Hilo Recycling & Transfer Station: every fourth Saturday of the month.
E-Waste collections for Businesses, Government Agencies and Non-Profits take place on the last Friday of every month from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Hilo Sort Station, by appointment only. Download and complete the Reservation Form or call 961-8270 for an appointment. Have the type and quantity of items ready for the scheduler. Tip fees of $85.00/ton and a special handling charge of $85.00/load will apply. Businesses & Agencies will also need an approved Solid Waste Facility Disposal Permit prior to completing the Reservation Form, please complete the Solid Waste Facility Disposal Permit application and submit it to the DEM Business Services Section (961-8339).
MONTHLY ROTATING SCHEDULE
Please note: All e-waste collection sites open from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
1st Saturday: Wai‘ōhinu Recycling & Transfer Station (Residential only)
2nd Saturday: Waimea Recycling & Transfer Station (Residential only)
3rd Saturday: Kealakehe (Kona) Recycling & Transfer Station (Residential only)
4th Saturday: Hilo Recycling & Transfer Station (Residential only)
Last Friday: Hilo Sort Station (Commercial/Government Agencies/Non-Profits only; By appointment only - Call 961-8270; Tip fees and special handling charge will apply). Download and complete the Reservation Form. Businesses & Agencies will also need an approved Solid Waste Facility Disposal Permit prior to completing the Reservation Form, please complete the Solid Waste Facility Disposal Permit application and submit it to DEM Business Services Section (961-8339).
TVs, computers, laptops, monitors, printers/fax machines/multi-function printers, VCRs, CD/DVD players, stereo receivers/amplifiers (no speakers), UPS systems, digital cameras, cellular and landline telephones only. We do not accept microwaves, cracked CRTs, disassembled electronic devices or parts.
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 2013) 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)
Lane Otsu - Lane.Otsu@doh.hawaii.gov
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 some online trade-in or recycling programs where you may get value for that old electronic item towards a purchase for new electronic equipment.
- MaxBack (Exchange & Recycle Used Electronics)
- Kingston Takeback Program (Mail-in program to recycle memory cards from computers, phones & PDAs)
- V7 Recycling Program
- 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
- Circuit City EZ Tradein
- Dell Asset Recovery & Recycling Services or Dell Recycling Program
- ecoNew Trade-In & Recycle Program
- ecoSquid (Resell or recycle your electronics)
- Electronics Manufacturers Recycling Management (Panasonic, Sharp & Toshiba)
- Epson Recycle Program
- Fujitsu Return & Recovery
- 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
- Kmart Electronics Trade-In Portal
- Lenovo ecoTake Back
- LG Electronics Recycling Program
- Motorola Takeback Program
- Nokia USA Repair & Recycle
- Panasonic Electronics Recycling
- Radio Shack Trade & Save Program (In-Store or Online; free shipping for many types of small electronics, even if no trade-in value)
- Samsung Direct Recycle or Samsung Takeback and Recycle Toner Program
- Sony Trade-In & Take-Back Program
- Tiger Direct Trade-In/Donate/Recycle Program
- Toshiba Trade-In Center
- Wal-Mart Cellphone Recycling
- WeRecycle! (free shipping for smaller electronic items; yes, they do serve Hawai‘i)
- Xerox Toner & Supplies Recycling
Other Companies Recycling E-Waste 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
91-140 Kaomi Lp.
|Mr. K's Recycle & Redemption||http://mrksrecyclehawaii.com
Accepting TVs & monitors, computers, printers, phones, DVD Players/VCRs and other small electronic devices - no charge
815 Kino‘ole St.
|Pacific Commercial Services||www.pcshi.com||
5 Sand Island Access Rd.
|Pacific Corporate Solutions||www.ewastehawaii.com||
99-1305 B Koaha Pl.
|Pacific Environmental Corp. (PENCO)||www.penco.org||
65 N. Nimitz Hwy,
|T&N Computer Recycling Services LLC||www.tnncomputerrecycling.com||P.O. Box 4320
Kaneohe, HI 96744
Electronic Waste (E-Waste) is not accepted at the County's Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events.
Cell Phone Cellphones and Inkjet/Toner Cartridge Recycling
Cellular Phones & Accessories
Many cell phone service providers and retailers offer take-back programs for cell phone devices, contact your local carrier first. Also some local organizations hold fundraisers by collecting used cell 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
OfficeMax accepts all types of used inkjet and toner cartridges. Store credit may be given in exchange.
72 Kekuanaoa 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.
74-5455 Makala Boulevard, Kailua-Kona, HI (808) 334-4020
Waikoloa Highlands Center, 883-2626
Small quantities of inkjet/toner cartridges and cell phones are accepted at the following locations:
County of Hawai`i West Hawai`i Recycling Office, 323-4413
Honomu Computer Resource Center, 963-6889
Honoka'a Public Library, 775-8881
Ocean View Community Center, 939-7033
Please use original packaging or other protection to avoid damage.
Some more information about printer cartridge recycling can be found at InkGuides.com.