E-Waste Collection Sites Coming to Four Transfer Stations and Landfills Around the Big Island

Department of Environmental Management Deputy Director, Hunter Bishop, just mentioned the following to the Opala in Paradise Facebook group:

Happy to report the Department of Environmental Management will be setting up e-waste collection sites at four public transfer stations and landfills around the island. Several one-time public e-waste events that were being planned for later this month will not be held after the County was unable to secure the dates needed on both sides of the island. Scheduling private e-waste vendors for one or two collection events a few times a year has worked to some extent in the past but hasn’t provided the long-term solution necessary for the disposal of e-waste. The state law intended for manufacturers to pay for recycling has not provided convenient options for our County and proper disposal of e-waste has become a challenge. The County has requested funds to help offset the costs and grant funding may yet arrive but we can’t wait. Instead of periodic collection events, DEM will collect e-waste and safely dispose of it through a private vendor contract. The e-waste collection sites are expected to open daily beginning some time in September for residents at transfer stations in Waiohinu, Waimea, Kona and Hilo, and for businesses at the landfills, pending approval of modifications in the County’s permits to operate these solid waste facilities. We do not expect that to be a problem. Meanwhile we’re asking residents to hold their e-waste until these sites are permitted. You also may check to see if a manufacturer’s mailback offer for electronic devices applies to your e-waste at www.hawaiizerowaste.org, or you may take e-waste to Mr. K’s Recycling on Kinoole Street in Hilo (some charges may apply). We believe this service will help meet the growing demand for proper e-waste disposal that we’re hearing in the community. It will also help extend the life of our landfills by increasing diversion of recyclable waste, and will help keep our island clean, healthy and safe.

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