Hawaii County suspends e-waste collection

Officials with Hawaii County’s E-scrap program, which encompasses the state’s Big Island, say a revamped collection program will roll out sometime after July 1, 2022. | Alicia Fdez/Shutterstock

E-waste collection on the Big Island of Hawaii is suspended due to a lack of funds, but the program will be revamped and reopened later this year.

According to a press release from the Hawaii County Department of Environmental Management’s Solid Waste Division, state funding for collection has been exhausted for fiscal year 2021-22, so the program is on hold. , with immediate effect. Over 200,000 people live in Hawaii County.

“All residents and businesses should make alternate disposal plans or consider keeping their e-waste until the program restarts,” the news release read.

The state requires manufacturers of covered electronics and televisions to have recycling programs in place that include computers, printers, monitors, and televisions. Chris Chin-Chance, recycling specialist for the solid waste division, told West Hawaii Today that the program received $85,000 in state funding this fiscal year and the money ran out three months earlier.

Mr. K’s Recycle & Redemption in Hilo holds the county contract and still offers e-waste recycling, but there will be a cost for recycling services, a county employee said.

The county’s collection program will be restructured, the news release notes, and a redesigned program will be available “sometime after July 1, 2022.”

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