E-waste (Electronic Waste)

What to do with your old electronics

The rules are different for home versus business and government e-waste.  Business and governmental e-waste is banned from disposal on Oahu. Home electronics are exempted from the ban and can be disposed of with regular household refuse or bulky collection, but you are encouraged to consider the recycling options presented below. More recycling programs and options are evolving locally and nationwide each year.

Here’s what’s currently available to you:

Locally, the Hawaii Electronic Waste and Television Recycling and Recovery Law was adopted by the Hawaii State Legislature in 2008. It requires electronics manufacturers to provide recycling programs for computers, computer monitors and televisions. The State Department of Health is responsible for implementing this new law.

On Oahu, e-waste was banned from disposal as of July 2006. Household and small quantity generators are exempt in accordance with EPA guidelines. Local businesses or commercial entities, which generate e-waste should contact the state Department of Health - Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch for more information, or refer to an e-waste recycler (eCycler) listed below.

All types of generators -- commercial, government, household -- are encouraged to investigate reuse options offered by local non-profits and trade-in programs offered by manufacturers.

Donate

Donate computer equipment to local schools and organizations. Newer, working equipment is preferred, however older or non-working equipment may also be accepted.

Hawaiian Hope
Please visit their website for details: www.hawaiianhope.org
Please schedule your drop-off. Call 352-8800.

Hawaii Computers for Kids
The Hawaii Computers for Kids Program has been sponsored by the Rotary Club of Metropolitan Honolulu since 1992. Over 350 PK-12 schools throughout the state repurpose donated personal computers for use in classrooms and training facilities. The program currently accepts Core i-series and later Windows computers, Intel-based Macs, networking equipment, working printers connecting with a USB and one working LED monitor with each acceptable computer; other items may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Donation receipts are offered.

Dr. Ken Goldstein, 239-7950, info@catii.com
Program Coordinator

National Cristina Foundation
National Cristina Foundation gives computer equipment and software a second productive life by placing these technology resources with charities, schools, and public agencies, to provide training to students at risk, the economically disadvantaged, and people with disabilities. Donated equipment is generally removed by a partner organization. Donors can also drop off equipment at a designated location or ship it to the partner organization.

Drop-Off Options and Local E-Waste Recyclers

Old electronics can be recycled for their plastic, metal and chemical components. Disposal fees may apply. The recyclers listed below can provide, at your request, complete details regarding the disposition of your equipment to off-island e-waste processors. For a detailed list of manufacturer and retailer recycling programs in Hawaii visit the State Department of Health's website by clicking here.

-For Residents-

Apple

  • All Apple Stores
  • Accepts all Apple devices.  No other brands.
  • Also offers online recycling with prepaid mailing label.
  • Visit www.apple.com/recycling for more information.

Best Buy

  • Honolulu: 478 Alakawa St. PH: 525-7128
  • Pearl City: 98-051 Kamehameha Hwy PH: 485-6940
  • Accepts household consumer electronics: rechargeable batteries, desktops, small electronics (no large microwaves or TVs), laptops, stereos, VCR and DVD players, phones, keyboards, mice, remotes.
  • FREE up to three (3) units maximum per day, per household.
  • While some e-wate items are accepted for free, TVs and computer monitors are accepted for a $25 fee, limit two (2) units maximum per day, per household.
  • Visit www.bestbuy.com for more information on Best Buy’s electronics recycling program.

Bookoff Hawaii

  • Don Quijote Kaheka: 801 Kaheka St. PH: 952-9115
  • Ward: 1050 Ala Moana Blvd. #1560 PH: 596-9115
  • Pearlridge: 98-1005 Moanalua Road #557 PH: 485-0841
  • Accepts household consumer electronics in working condition: computers, tablets, TVs, cameras, audio systems, headphones, car electronics and GPS.
  • Staff evaluates items and offer payment.
  • Please check with each store; not all stores accept these items.  Visit www.bookoffhawaii.com for company information.
  • *Also buys and sells other reuse items.

Eco-Town Hawaii

  • 650 Iwilei Rd. #110 PH: 517-4981
  • Accepts household consumer electronics in working condition: music and PA equipment, TVs, speakers, cameras, computers, laptops and tools. 
  • Staff evaluates items and offers payment or store credit.
  • Visit ecotown-hawaii.com for company information.
  • *Also buys and sells other reuse items.

Goodwill Hawaii – Dell Reconnect Program

  • All Goodwill locations.
  • FREE DROP-OFF of household computer equipment.
  •  Visit www.dellreconnect.com for locations more information.

-For Residents and Businesses-


Aloha Overstock

  • Showroom: 743 Waiakamilo Rd. Ste. G PH: 847-5300
  • Accepts household consumer electronics:  laptops, cords, hard drives.
  • Visit www.alohaoverstock.com for more information.

Alternative Consulting

  • 1003 Bishop St., Ste. #2700 PH: 237-2435
  • Accepts household, commercial and government electronics and more: CRT screens and monitors, LCD and flatscreens, keyboards, mice, hard drives, servers, modems, printers, fax machines, copiers.
  • Visit www.alternativeconsulting.net for more information.

Enviroservices

  • 96-1272 Waihona St. #11 PH: 839-7222
  • Accepts household and commercial electronics: monitors, TVs, desktops, laptops, printers, keyboard, mice.
  • Visit www.gotoetc.com for more information.

Pacific Commercial Services (PCS)

  • 91-254 Olai St. PH: 545-4599
  • Accepts commercial and householder electronics: computers, monitors, servers, printers, scanners, copiers, fax machines, keyboards, zip drives, phones, TVs, cameras, game systems.
  • Visit www.pcshi.com for more information.

Sims Recycling Solutions

  • 99-1305 koaha Place, Suite B PH: 488-8870
  • Accepts household and commercial electronics: desktops, laptops, monitors, omputer mice, keyboards, gaming devices, hard drives, cell phones, tablets, audio players, data equipment and more.
  • Call prior to drop off. Inquire about pick up services
  • Visit www.simsrecycling.com for more information and full list of accepted items.

T&N Computer Recycling Services

  • 1436 South Beretania St. PH: 744-8881
  • Accepts household and commercial electronics: TVs, desktops, laptops, monitors, printers, cell phones and data equipment.
  • Visit www.tncomputerrecycling.com for more information.
  • T&N also participates in Going Green and Aloha Aina events.

-For Businesses-

Cameron Chemical Corp

  • 94-110 Leokane St. PH: 695-2999
  • Accepts: desktops, monitors, meters, batteries.  (Call to ask about acceptable items)
  • Pickup service available for a fee.
  • Visit www.hawaiiccc.com for more information.

Oasis Environmental Group

  • 96-1333 Waihona St., Unit C PH: 529-1300
  • Accepts commercial electronics: computers, copiers, scanners, monitors, circuit boards, lead acid and lithium ion batteries.
  • Visit www.oasisenv.net for more information.

-For City Agencies-

Visit our Recycling for City Agencies page for more information.

FREE Drop-Off (Events)

Going Green and Aloha Aina events allow drop-off of e-waste (among other items) for recycling. For a list of upcoming events click here.

Retailer/Manufacturer Takebacks

Takeback programs continue to expand, in accordance to state law and growing industry responsibility.

Best Buy (www.bestbuytradein.com)
Best Buy’s Trade-in Center allows consumers to ship their unwanted electronics (free of charge) to an e-scrap partner (Materials Processing Corporation) for recycling. They then send a Best Buy gift card based on the value of the recycled electronics.

Dell
Dell offers consumers an opportunity to recycle or donate their old electronic equipment. You can learn more about their asset recovery and recycling program by visiting their website at dell.com. Donation service provided by the Cristina Foundation (www.cristina.org).

Gateway (http://www.gateway.com/gw/en/US/content/recycling-pc)
Gateway’s Trade-in & Recycle Program allows consumers to ship their unwanted electronics regardless of manufacturer (free of charge) to an e-processor partner (Dealtree) for recycling. They then send a check based on the value of the recycled electronics.

Hewlett-Packard (www.hp.com/go/recycle)
Hewlett-Packard allows consumers to ship their unwanted electronics of any brand for recycling.  HP then sends a check for the value of the returned electronics.  And as part the new State program, HP is offering local recycling.  For more information on local recycling visit the Hawaii State Department of Health's website here.

Target (http://www.target.com/spot/nextworth)
T
arget's mail-in trade program provides free shipping of unwanted electronics for reuse or recycling. A quote can be provided prior to trade-in. Target then sends a Target gift card for the value of the recycled item.

Toshiba (http://www.toshiba.com/csr/env_recycle_programs.jsp)
Toshiba’s Trade-in & Recycle Program allows consumers to ship their unwanted electronics regardless of manufacturer (free of charge) to an e-processor partner (Dealtree) for recycling. They then send a check based on the value of the recycled electronics.

Deal Tree - EZ Trade-in (ez.eztradein.com/eztradein)
EZ Trade-in provides e-waste recycling services for a variety of manufacturers and retailers.  Retailer gift card or Pay Pal reimbursement available.

Apple
Apple offers free takeback of all Apple products, mail-in and in-store drop-off options available. Also offers limited takeback of other brands' e-waste. Click here for details.

This is not a comprehensive list.  Please check manufacturer and retailer websites for additional trade-in offers. See the Hawaii State Department of Health website for updates on takeback programs covered under the new state law.

Batteries

Give your old auto batteries to the dealer when purchasing new ones, as State law requires the dealer to accept and recycle them. Householders may also take auto batteries to any City Convenience Center or Transfer Station, Interstate Batteries, and Batteries + Bulbs.

Drop off rechargeable (non-lead acid) stand-alone batteries (from cell phones, laptop computers, and power tools etc.) at Best Buy or Batteries + Bulbs. Home Depot accepts rechargeable batteries from power tools. Batteries can also be recycled at Aloha Aina and Going Green events.

To recycle entire devices with the battery still inside (like laptops, cell phones, etc.), drop off at Aloha Overstock, T&N Computer Recycling, Sims Recycling Solutions (call before drop off), Batteries + Bulbs, Best Buy or Aloha Aina and Going Green events (no cell phones).

Regular alkaline (non-rechargeable) batteries can be safely disposed of with your regular refuse collection.  Manufacturers no longer use heavy metals in their production.

Cell Phone Recycling

*See "Batteries" section for cell phone battery recycling

What you should do before you recycle:

  1. Erase all stored information, including your incoming/outgoing phone numbers, phone book and text messages.
  2. Make sure the cell phone and other accounts have been completely deactivated.
  3. Remove memory and SIM cards (if applicable).

The following links provide recycling options for cell phones and other electronics.  Most of these organizations will send return shipping labels/postage to you via postal mail or you can print the labels/postage off their website, to ship your boxes of cell phones at no charge.

Locally, residents can take cell phones to Aloha Overstock, T&N Computer Recycling Services, Best Buy, and Aloha Aina or Going Green Events.

These companies will donate 100% of the profit from the recycled cell phones to charitable programs:

This non-profit company will donate a portion of recycled electronics sales to a partnered nonprofit organization:

These for profit companies will donate a percentage of the profits from your recycled electronics to a non-profit organization they are partnered with:

These for profit companies are doing business to assist non-profits in setting up electronics recycling fundraiser drives:

These businesses will buy and recycle electronics for cash: Many of the manufacturers and retailers listed above offer electronics recycling services

Additional Info E-waste Recycling

General information on electronics recycling:

EPA’s Plug-In To eCycling
(www.epa.gov/epawaste/partnerships/plugin/index.htm)
Plug-In To eCycling with the US EPA is a partnership between EPA and consumer electronics manufacturers, retailers, and service providers that offers you more opportunities to donate or recycle your used electronics.

Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) (http://www.greenergadgets.org/)
CEA unveiled a new initiative to educate consumers on what it calls "The 4R's," - Reducing energy use, Reusing old products, Recycling no longer useful ones, and Rethinking purchasing decisions.

Your comments and questions regarding the reuse and recycling of computers and electronics are appreciated. Email them to info@opala.org.

© 2005 City & County of Honolulu's Department of Environmental Services.