High Turnout for Electronics Recycling Collection Events in Hilo & Kona | New E-Waste Recycling Law Takes Effect
The County of Hawai`i's Recycling Section held its Electronics Recycling Collection Events in Hilo and Kona in December and January, during which the public once again came out in droves to properly dispose of their unwanted TVs, monitors, computers, and printers. Sponsored by the County and State Department of Health, these events served over a thousand customers and collected more than 160,000 pounds of electronics for certified recycling on the mainland.
A new state law, Act 151 (2022), requires manufacturers of TVs, monitors, computers and printers to provide at least monthly collections of these electronics in Hilo and Kona, at no cost to device owners, starting January 2023. Mr. K's Recycle and Redemption Center, Inc., is a registered collector for Hawai`i Island.
"This Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) law gives residents and businesses a convenient opportunity to clean out their homes and offices of electronics, and the knowledge that it is being recycled safely and properly to protect the `aina and our drinking water," said Craig Kawaguchi, Recycling Coordinator for the County of Hawai`i.
Read the full Hawai`i County press release here.