October 26, 2008 – Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
On Saturday, Hawaii’s Education and Government eWaste Disposal Days 2008 allowed island residents an opportunity to discard the computer trash that is forbidden at landfills.
Personal eWaste was brought to several locations throughout the islands. On the Big Island, designated locations at the University of Hawaii at Hilo and Kealakehe High School in Kona assisted residents in getting rid of monitors, keyboards, hardrive towers and video equipment.
These electronics contain hazardous materials that must be disposed of using a sensitive approach to avoid polluting the environment, according to a Hawaii Department of Education website. The website also said that the eWaste that was collected on Saturday would be recycled into commodity grade materials like metals, plastics and glass. Recycling and disposal services were reportedly provided by Apple.