LIHU‘E — The amount of electronics recycled at this year’s e-waste recycling event almost doubled from 2009, county officials said.
The Oct. 21-22 event at the Vidinha Stadium parking lot attracted almost 530 residents and 230 businesses who turned in assorted electronic items for recycling, a county news release states.
“It is very encouraging that Kaua‘i residents turned out in such great numbers to properly dispose of potentially hazardous material and preserve precious space at our landfill,” said Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr.
During the two-day collection, one being for businesses and the other for residents, a total of 16 shipping containers were collected, estimated at 112 tons of electronic material.
The collected items were diverted from the Kekaha Landfill and are currently in transit to Seattle, where they will be dismantled and their components recycled.
By comparison, the previous county-sponsored e-waste event held in 2009 resulted in eight shipping containers weighing 68 tons.
People who missed the e-waste collection will have another opportunity in December when a privately sponsored event hosted by Sims Recycling Solutions will take place at Vidinha Stadium, Dec. 9 and 10.
Visit www.kauai.gov/recycling or call 241-4837 for more information about recycling.