Thursday, November 17, 2011

E-cycling (Ecycling) Electronics and their Hours

E-cycling on Lower Main Street, Wailuku

Here's a place to take your used electronics, especially things that don't work: old TVs, keyboards that you've spilled stuff on, the cheap MP3 player your relatives gave you that stopped working right after the warranty expired.

The E-cycling site is located on Lower Main Street, across the street and very close to the Habitat for Humanity Restore.

There's a big Matson container there with staff to take your items.

Where does the stuff go?  Well, most of it is sent to the mainland, crushed up and any traces of gold are extracted from them. Gold is used in a lot of electronics circuitry, especially in computers. With the high price of gold these days, it's a way to recycle gold used in consumer products.

So, does it really make a difference if we e-cycle? Well, it does keep it out of the landfill, and I like to think of it in the same way as recycling aluminum cans. Maybe one day, we'll be able to extract all usable elements, not just gold, from all our broken consumer goods.

Here is their schedule:


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