Upcountry e-cycling event set for Saturday

The Rotary Club of Upcountry Maui will hold another television and computer e-cycling event from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The club will pick up unwanted electronic equipment for a small donation, while giving Upcountry residents the opportunity to support the organization’s scholarships and leadership training for Maui students and other community projects. This is the pickup program’s third year.

Upcountry Rotarians, with the cooperation of the Maui County Electronics Recycling Program, will pick up equipment and deliver it to Habitat for Humanity’s Re-Store Warehouse in Wailuku for refurbishment or recycling.

The club requests a donation of $5 each for small boxes of accessories and small items such as keyboards, speakers, laptops and TVs up to 19 inches.

The club will accept $10 for medium-sized boxes of accessories and medium-sized items such as monitors, computers and TVs up to 25 inches. Larger equipment, such as TVs 26 inches or larger, will cost $15 to $20 per item for pickup.

Recyclables include items with electronic circuit boards – computers and TVs – and everything that attaches to them, including audio, phone and most office equipment. No appliances will be accepted.

In addition, the club will pick up batteries for an additional $5 ($10 for car batteries) for recycling for those already arranging for pickup of electronic equipment.

“We’ve picked up keyboards weighing 2 pounds, up to console TVs weighing 50 pounds. It’s great to know we’re helping residents with their heavy electronics, as well as keeping all those electronics out of the landfill. This project is our signature ‘green’ project,” said Upcountry Rotary Community Service Director Melanie Stephens.

Usable equipment is donated to Habitat families, schools or nonprofits. Items that are not usable or sellable will be shipped to the Mainland for recycling. The e-cycling program guarantees responsible recycling of electronics byproducts.

This event will cover the Upcountry area only, including Paia, Haiku, Makawao, Pukalani and Kula.

To arrange for pickup, Kula and Pukalani residents may call 298-2393. Makawao, Paia and Haiku residents should call 573-9260.