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UH holds record breaking E-waste drive

Kathleen Conway Kathleen Conway
Larry Wiss Larry Wiss

By Tracy Gladden - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - It's shaping up to be a record breaking recycling drive. Business and government institutions kick off this year's E-waste recycling drive with more than half a million pounds of old electronics already collected.

Old electronics come by the truck load, it's day three of a record breaking E-waste drive.

"Just endless trucks. This is the third day the second day I'm working but I guess the first day was just very busy and hectic lots of computers," E-waste worker Kathleen Conway said.

The University of Hawaii in partnership with Apple is accepting everything from old cell phones and ipods, to computer monitors and modems. Two years ago they held a similar drive and collected 1.2 million pounds of electronics. This year they're expecting even more.

"Our numbers are going great we have three sites that have been open this week Manoa, Leeward and Windward and with those three sites so far this week we've done 650,000 pounds of electronics," UH communications officer Larry Wiss said.

He says it's illegal to dump old electronics in the landfill plus it's harmful to the environment.

"Everyday all the people are hearing about this because it is a free opportunity there's no other opportunity to recycle in a program like this in Hawaii," Wiss said.

You can add to that number and drop off electronics that no longer work this Saturday from 9-3.


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