E-waste (Electronic Waste)

What to do with your old electronics

The rules are different for home versus business and government e-waste.  Business and governmental e-waste is banned from disposal on Oahu. Home electronics are exempted from the ban and can be disposed of with regular household refuse or bulky collection, but you are encouraged to consider the recycling options presented below. More recycling programs and options are evolving locally and nationwide each year.

Here’s what’s currently available to you:

Locally, the Hawaii Electronic Waste and Television Recycling and Recovery Law was adopted by the Hawaii State Legislature in 2008. It requires electronics manufacturers to provide recycling programs for computers, computer monitors and televisions. The State Department of Health is responsible for implementing this new law.

On Oahu, e-waste was banned from disposal as of July 2006. Household and small quantity generators are exempt in accordance with EPA guidelines. Local businesses or commercial entities, which generate e-waste should contact the state Department of Health - Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch for more information, or refer to an e-waste recycler (eCycler) listed below.

All types of generators -- commercial, government, household -- are encouraged to investigate reuse options offered by local non-profits and trade-in programs offered by manufacturers.


Donate computer equipment to local schools and organizations. Newer, working equipment is preferred, however older or non-working equipment may also be accepted.

Hawaiian Hope
Hawaiian Hope accepts PC-compatible computer equipment (no Apple Mac products). CPU units (the main box) can be repaired if not working, but all components (printers, monitors, mice, etc. ) must be in WORKING condition. Hawaiian Hope will accept computers as old as 1 Ghz Pentium 4, individual parts such as mice, memory, video cards, and network cards. Hawaiian Hope is especially in need of network switches (not hubs), networking hardware, cables, speakers and hard drives -- 20 GB and up and (they will scrub them clean for you while you watch). Hawaiian Hope is also always looking for volunteers.

Hawaiian Hope is a technology-based non-profit organization and provides services to other non-profits with a strong focus on homeless services and disaster management. Hawaiian Hope uses donated computers to build computer classrooms in homeless shelters and provide computers to families moving back into housing in order to strengthen the lives of the people in the community.

Please visit their website for details: www.hawaiianhope.org
Please schedule your drop-off. Call 352-8800.

Hawaii Computers for Kids
The Hawaii Computers for Kids Program has been coordinated by the Rotary Club of Metropolitan Honolulu since 1992. Over 150 schools throughout the state rebuild donated personal computers for use in classrooms. The program currently accepts Pentium 4 and later Celeron PCs, Mac G4s and faster models, printers connecting with USB, and one working monitor with each acceptable computer; other items may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Donation receipts are offered.

Dr. Ken Goldstein, 521-2259, info@catii.com
Program Coordinator

National Cristina Foundation
National Cristina Foundation gives computer equipment and software a second productive life by placing these technology resources with charities, schools, and public agencies, to provide training to students at risk, the economically disadvantaged, and people with disabilities. Donated equipment is generally removed by a partner organization. Donors can also drop off equipment at a designated location or ship it to the partner organization.

FREE Drop-Off

Free e-waste drop-off is available during business hours at the following locations.

Best Buy
Both Best Buy locations on Oahu accept most consumer electronics, including desktops and notebooks, small electronics (small microwaves only), stereos, VCR and DVD players and phones, as well as accessories such as keyboards, mice and remotes. No charge for three (3) units maximum per day, per household. While some e-waste items are accepted for free, TVs and computer monitors are accepted for a $25 fee, limit two (2) units maximum per day, per household. Click here for more information on Best Buy's electronics recycling program.

Goodwill Hawaii - Dell Reconnect Program
Dell Computer has joined together with one of the oldest and most respected non-profit organizations, Goodwill Industries, to create Dell Reconnect. This exciting program makes getting rid of old technology easy and free. Simply pack your old computer equipment into the car with other household donations and drop it off at all Oahu Goodwill locations where the trained staff will inspect each item and determine whether to reuse, refurbish, or recycle it. Click here for more information.

Aloha Overstock
Aloha Overstock warehouse in Kalihi - FREE pickup or drop-off of unlimited small consumer, government, or commercial e-waste and accessories, functional or not (laptops/notebooks/tablets, cell phones/PDA/MPEG players, digital/video/film cameras, radio communication/video teleconferencing equipment, game systems, routers/switches, components etc.), and all printer/copier supply items, (used or unused toner cartridges, inkjets, drums, fusers, etc.). While small e-waste items are accepted for free, larger items such as desktop computers, monitors, and printers may incur a drop-off fee. Please call for details.

Sims Recycling Solutions
Sims Recycling Solution's' Halawa facility accepts unlimited amounts of residential and commercial e-waste at no charge (includes: computers, laptops, monitors, printers, cell phones, data equipment, etc). No TVs, stand-alone batteries or stand-alone printer cartridges. Please call first for drop-off. Commercial pick-ups available for a fee. Click here for more information about the company including a list of acceptable items.

T&N Computer Recycling Services  
T&N Computer Recycling Services accepts unlimited amounts of residential and commercial e-waste at no charge (including televisions, desktop computers, laptops, monitors, printers, cell phones, data equipment, adn computer peripherals). Click Here for more information about the company. Click Here for a list of upcoming events T&N participates in.


Drop off Apple products for free recycling at any Apple Store location and you may qualify for a free gift card. Apple also recycles other brands of e-waste (laptops, desktops, and monitors only) via a free shipping mail-back program. Click here for details on the recycling program.

FREE Drop-Off (Events)

For a list of upcoming e-waste drop-off events click here.

Retailer/Manufacturer Takebacks

Takeback programs continue to expand, in accordance to state law and growing industry responsibility.

Best Buy (www.bestbuytradein.com)
Best Buy’s Trade-in Center allows consumers to ship their unwanted electronics (free of charge) to an e-scrap partner (Materials Processing Corporation) for recycling. They then send a Best Buy gift card based on the value of the recycled electronics.

Radio Shack (radioshack.cexchange.com)
Radio Shack's Trade-In & Recycle Program offers consumers the opportunity to ship their electronics (free of charge) to an e-scrap partner (CExchange) for recycling. They then send a Radio Shack gift card based on the value of the recycled electronics.

Dell offers consumers an opportunity to recycle or donate their old electronic equipment. You can learn more about their asset recovery and recycling program by visiting their website at dell.com. Donation service provided by the Cristina Foundation (www.cristina.org).

Gateway (gateway.eztradein.com/gateway)
Gateway’s Trade-in & Recycle Program allows consumers to ship their unwanted electronics regardless of manufacturer (free of charge) to an e-processor partner (Dealtree) for recycling. They then send a check based on the value of the recycled electronics.

Hewlett-Packard (www.hp.com/go/recycle)
Hewlett-Packard allows consumers to ship their unwanted electronics of any brand for recycling.  HP then sends a check for the value of the returned electronics.  And as part the new State program, HP is offering local recycling.  For more information on local recycling visit the Hawaii State Department of Health's website here.

Target (http://www.target.com/spot/nextworth)
arget's Trade-In Program provides in store drop-off or free shipping of unwanted electronics for reuse or recycling. A quote can be provided prior to trade-in. Target then sends a Target gift card for the value of the recycled item.

Toshiba (http://www.toshiba.com/csr/env_recycle_programs.jsp)
Toshiba’s Trade-in & Recycle Program allows consumers to ship their unwanted electronics regardless of manufacturer (free of charge) to an e-processor partner (Dealtree) for recycling. They then send a check based on the value of the recycled electronics.

Deal Tree - EZ Trade-in (ez.eztradein.com/eztradein)
EZ Trade-in provides e-waste recycling services for a variety of manufacturers and retailers.  Retailer gift card or Pay Pal reimbursement available.

Apple offers free takeback of all Apple products, mail-in and in-store drop-off options available. Also offers limited takeback of other brands' e-waste. Click here for details.

This is not a comprehensive list.  Please check manufacturer and retailer websites for additional trade-in offers. See the Hawaii State Department of Health website for updates on takeback programs covered under the new state law.

Local E-waste Recyclers

Old electronics can be recycled for their plastic, metal and chemical components. Disposal fees may apply. The recyclers listed below can provide, at your request, complete details regarding the disposition of your equipment to off-island e-waste processors. For a detailed list of manufacturer and retailer recycling programs in Hawaii visit the State Department of Health's website by clicking here.

Cameron Chemical Corp: 695-2999
94-110 Leokane St.
Waipahu, HI 96797

  • Commercial accounts only
  • Pickup service available for a fee

Enviroservices: 839-7222
Contact: Curtis Laa

  • Commercial and householder accounts
  • Pickup service available for a fee

Aloha Overstock: 847-5300
743 Waiakamilo Rd Unit G (Kalihi)

  • Commercial, government, and household accounts
  • Free or fee pickup/drop-off during business hours (call for conditions)
    Accepts unlimited small e-waste (laptops, cell phones, cameras, etc. - call for details) and printer supplies at no charge

Oasis Environmental Group: 529-1300

Contact: Tessa Ke

  • Commercial accounts only
  • Pickup service available for a fee

Oasis Environmental Group, LLC provides electronics recycling services to government and private sector customers in the State of Hawaii. Oasis contracts only responsible Electronics Recyclers to accept this material due to the sensitivity of IT assets. All Final Disposition Facilities operate under the preferred standard method and meet and/or exceed compliance audits. Oasis also recycles e-waste related batteries. Please contact our office for a quote. We provide pick up services to all islands located in the State of Hawaii.

Pacific Commercial Services: 545-4599
Contact: Winnie-Hazardous Specialist
91-254 Olai St.
Kapolei, HI 96707

  • Commercial and householder accounts
  • Commercial pickup service available

Pacific Environmental Corp. (PENCO): 545-5195

  • Commercial accounts only
  • Pickup service available

PSC Environmental Services: 845-0032
5 Sand Island Access Rd. #929

  • Commercial accounts only
  • Pickup service available

Sims Recycling Solutions: 488-8870
99-1305 B Koaha Pl
Aiea, HI 96701

  • Commercial and householder accounts
  • Commercial pickup service available (fee-based)

T&N Computer Recycling Services
91-165 Kalaeoloa Blvd.
Kapolei, HI 96708


  • Commercial and householder accounts
  • Commercial pickup and bin services available
  • Certified data destruction

Accepting unlimited amounts of residential and commercial e-waste at no charge (includes: televisions, computers, laptops, monitors, printers, cell phones, data equipment, computer peripherals, etc.) 

For City Agencies

Visit our Recycling for City Agencies page for more information.


Give your old auto batteries to the dealer when purchasing new ones, as State law requires the dealer to accept and recycle them. Householders may also take them to any City Convenience Center. Drop off rechargeable (non-lead acid) batteries from cell phones, laptop computers, and power tools in collection boxes at Home Depot and Best Buy. Regular alkaline (non-rechargeable) batteries can be safely disposed of with your regular refuse collection.  Manufacturers no longer use heavy metals in their production.

Rechargeable battery drop-off locations include:
Home Depot, Best Buy and the Going Green Recycling Events.

Cell Phones

What you should do before you recycle:
  1. Erase all stored information, including your incoming/outgoing phone numbers, phone book and text messages.
  2. Make sure the cell phone account has been completely deactivated.
  3. Remove memory and SIM cards (if applicable).

The following links provide recycling options for cell phones.  Most of these organizations will send return shipping labels/postage to you via postal mail or you can print the labels/postage off their website, to ship your boxes of cell phones at no charge.

General information on cell phone recycling:

These non-profits (501c(3)) initiate and oversee programs to help American communities:

These companies will donate 100% of the profit from the recycled cell phones to charitable programs:

This non-profit company will donate a portion of recycled cell phone sales to a partnered nonprofit organization:

These for profit companies will donate a percentage of the profits from your recycled cell phones to a non-profit organization they are partnered with:

These for profit companies are doing business to assist non-profits in setting up cell phone recycling fundraiser drives:

These businesses will buy and recycle cell phones for cash: Many of the manufacturers and retailers listed above offer cell phone recycling services

Additional Info E-waste Recycling

EPA’s Plug-In To eCycling
Plug-In To eCycling with the US EPA is a partnership between EPA and consumer electronics manufacturers, retailers, and service providers that offers you more opportunities to donate or recycle your used electronics.

Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) (http://www.greenergadgets.org/)
CEA unveiled a new initiative to educate consumers on what it calls "The 4R's," - Reducing energy use, Reusing old products, Recycling no longer useful ones, and Rethinking purchasing decisions.

Your comments and questions regarding the reuse and recycling of computers and electronics are appreciated. Email them to info@opala.org.

© 2005 City & County of Honolulu's Department of Environmental Services.