If you have recently (or not so recently) purchased a new computer, monitor, or printer and have been wondering what to do with your old device, other than tossing it out with the garbage, the Hawaii Electronic Waste and Television Recycling and Recovery Act requires manufacturers of covered electronic devices (CEDs) to provide a recycling program. Covered electronics include computer, printers, monitors and televisions.

Beginning on January 1, 2010 “consumers may begin to recycle their CED through the manufacturer recycling programs.” The Hawaii State Department of Heath provides information about the e-waste recycling law, what devices are covered, and how to recycle the device. Many manufacturers already had recycling programs in place prior to this law, but information on how to submit your device for recycling was hard to find. This law makes that information easy to find and up to date – Manufacturer Recycling Plans.

Pretty much all major computer and printer manufacturers provide a recycling program, all of which are free (except for a nominal shipping charge in some cases) Most of the device remittance is done by mail with free to cheap shipping, and some manufacturer plans provide local drop off points on Oahu.

Hawaii DOH E-Waste page

Electronic Waste and Television Recycling Law – info sheet

Electronic Device and Television Recycling Law – full text

Honolulu Dept. of Envi. Services Bulky Item Pickup