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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, April 28, 2010

E-waste locations to close as contract with county expires

Advertiser Staff

Hawai'i County residents have through Friday to turn in their obsolete televisions, computers and other electronic waste at no charge charge at drop sites in Kona and Hilo.

The $575,400 contract with Bay Side Computer Shop, which operates both locations, is ending, and the county said it has no money to continue it in the near future.

The drop-off site in West Hawai'i is Compucycle Kona at 73-5580 Maiau St., in the Kaloko Business Center in Kailua. Call 326-9695 to schedule a drop-off.

In Hilo, the drop-off site is the Bay Side Computer warehouse at 55 Kukuau St. in Hilo. Call 934-7748 to schedule a drop-off.

After Friday, the price of unloading e-waste at the two drop sites is going up substantially.

County transfer stations do not accept e-waste, which pose an environmental hazard, and violators may be subject to fines up to $500 or a minimum of 20 hours of public service.

For more information, contact the Department of Health, Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch, at 974-64226. To reach the Hawai'i County Recycling Section, call 961-8554 or 961-8942.