1.5 million pounds of Hawaii's eWaste properly recycled
75 containers were tightly packed with eWaste
Some residents walked to drop off their eWaste
HONOLULU (KHNL) - The University of Hawaii has successfully recycled 1.5 million pounds of electronics during last week's eWaste Disposal Days program.
The collection amounted to one million pounds from school, government agencies and businesses by the end of Friday.
On Saturday, 3,000 private vehicles dropped off household eWaste at the seven drop off sites on four islands.
That brought the total collected up to 75 shipping containers of broken and obsolete electronic equipment that will not go into Hawaii's landfills.
Containers collected per island were: Oahu 65.25, Big Island 6.25, Maui 3.0 and Kauai .50.
David Lassner, UH VP for Information Technology and CEO says he is delighted at the response to Hawaii's largest Ewaste disposal program.
"Reducing stress on our landfills, maximizing recycling materials and keeping hazadous wastes out of our landfill and water supplies are all important aspects of advancing the sustainability of our communities," said Lassner.
All equipment collected will be processed in North America in an environmentally way and recycled into commodity grade materials such as metals, plastics and glass.