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County of Hawaii to Begin Collecting Electronic Waste

The County of Hawai`i Department of Environmental Management will begin collecting residential e-waste this Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011.

“We‟re very pleased to provide this convenient e-waste collection service on a regular schedule for our residents,” said Dora Beck, acting Director of the Department of Environmental Management. “The demand for this service has been steadily increasing and we appreciate that many people have been holding on to their e-waste until this safe and appropriate means of diversion became available.”

E-waste collection sites will be staffed with attendants to assist residents with the proper disposal of e-waste and other items. “Our department is working very hard to help keep our island clean, healthy and safe,” said Beck.

Residential e-waste collection sites will accept TVs, monitors, laptops, VCRs/DVD players, stereo receivers/amplifiers, UPS systems, cameras, cellular and landline telephones.

The residential collection service will follow the rotating schedule below at the four Recycling and Transfer Stations in the County:

  • Wai‘ōhinu Transfer & Recycling Station:  Saturday, October 1, and every first Saturday of the month thereafter.
  • Waimea Transfer & Recycling Station:  Saturday, October 8, and every second Saturday of the month thereafter.
  • Kealakehe Transfer & Station:  Saturday, October 15, and every third Saturday of the month thereafter.
  • Hilo Transfer & Recycling Station:  Saturday, October 22, and every fourth Saturday of the month thereafter.

MONTHLY ROTATING SCHEDULE

Please note: All e-waste collection sites open from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

1st Saturday:  Wai‘ōhinu Transfer Station (Residential only)

2nd Saturday:  Waimea Transfer Station (Residential only)

3rd Saturday:  Kealakehe (Kona) Transfer Station (Residential only)

4th Saturday:  Hilo Transfer Station (Residential only)

Last Friday:

The County will collect commercial e-waste from businesses and government agencies by appointment only on the last Friday of each month at the Hilo Sort Station. TVs, computers, monitors, laptops, VCRs/DVD players, stereo receivers/amplifiers, UPS systems, cameras, cellular and landline telephones, fax machines and copies will be accepted. Tipping fees will apply. For an appointment, call 961-8270.

Residential and commercial e-waste collection is also available at Mr. K‟s Recycling and Redemption Center, 815 Kinoole St., Hilo (895-4471) though charges may apply to dispose of certain e-waste items.

For more information, please visit www.HawaiiZeroWaste.org.

Frank DeMarco Resigns as the Director of the Department of Environmental Management

Media Release:

The Director of the Department of Environmental Management, Frank DeMarco, recently submitted his resignation from this position to transfer back to the Department of Public Works, effective August 1. DeMarco, a licensed professional engineer, will return to his former position as the Floodplain Manager in the Engineering Division.

Dora Beck, current head of Environmental Management’s Wastewater Division will be temporarily assigned to the Director’s position. Beck has worked in various engineering capacities for the department since June 2003. She holds a MS degree in Civil Engineering, with emphasis in Environmental Engineering, from San Jose State University. Beck is a licensed professional engineer in California and Hawaii.

In announcing these changes, Mayor Billy Kenoi praised DeMarco for his leadership in addressing difficult situations, and for carrying out the critical work of the department. He also expressed gratitude for Beck’s willingness to step in to provide continued leadership and expertise.

According to Kenoi, “I feel fortunate to have had a man of Frank DeMarco’s background on our team. I appreciate his willingness to tackle the many challenges of the department and I respect his decision to spend more time with his family. We look forward to working with Ms. Dora Beck in her new role as acting Director of the Department of Environmental Management.”

Councilwoman Smart on Tonight and Tomorrows Community Meetings

Media Release:

Aloha,

This is a friendly reminder that the District 6 Matters meetings are coming up soon tonight and tomorrow and we will be having discussions on Hawai‘i Island’s solid waste issues with special guest Terin Gloor, Hawai‘i Island’s Chief Engineer for the Solid Waste Division for the Department of Environmental Management, at the following times and places:

Topic: Solid Waste

  • March 23 – 7:00 PM – Ocean View Community Center
  • March 24 – 7:00 PM – The Cooper Center, Volcano

I look forward to seeing you all soon!

Aloha,

Brittany Smart – District 6 – Upper Puna, Ka‘ū, South Kona