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E-Cycling Now Open Through September 30th for Computer-Related Items

The Maui County-sponsored Electronics Recycling Program, E-Cycling, will be open through Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 to accept limited types of items including computers, monitors, keyboards and mouse controllers.

E-Cycling will close again for the month of October and will reopen on Saturday, October 31, to accept all types of electronics for recycling. Televisions cannot be accepted on Maui until Saturday, October 31, however Molokai and Lanai have no restrictions.

“We’ve had to re-arrange our schedule in the short-term because the pounds of electronics recycled in Maui County has outstripped the pounds manufacturers must pay for in accordance with the State electronics recycling law,” said Marty McMahon, E-Cycling Program Manager for program sponsor Habitat for Humanity Maui. “In other words, congratulations, Maui! Once again our community is over-achieving in the recycling arena.”

Habitat is the yearly recipient of a County Recycling Grant that helps pay for the program; the grant amount for FY18 is $152,100. E-waste processors pay all shipping costs, over $300,000 per year, and there is no charge to the County to process E-waste.

The County’s Environmental Protection and Sustainability Division is developing a long-term solution to address financial and logistical challenges of Maui’s over-production. During this transition period, the public is asked to respect the work of Habitat’s E-Cycling staff and refrain from dumping electronics at the gate. Dumped E-waste is an eyesore for the community and a health and safety hazard for everyone. The County could also be fined.

“The County has provided free E-Cycling for eight years for the benefit of Maui, Molokai and Lanai residents and businesses. We ship off one 40-foot container every week, at a minimum,” reports McMahon. “Full restoration of services is just a few months away, and until then, we ask everyone to be patient.”

Up-to-date information on E-Cycling dates, hours and types of electronics accepted are stated on the E-Cycling information line, ph. 280-6460, and the Habitat for Humanity website, www.habitat-maui.org. For general recycling information call the Recycling Hotline at ph. 270-7880 or visit www.mauicounty.gov/recycle.

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