2009-03-30

Battery recycling on Maui

Living in Seattle spoiled me with all the options for recycling. Recycling at the University of Washington was especially easy, for example they have bins for electronics recycling all over campus. Now that I'm on Maui I wanted to be responsible and recycle a portable phone battery that no longer worked, but I could not find anything convenient. A quick email to the Maui County Recycling office and they pointed me in the right direction. Long's Drugs will take household batteries (rechargeable or non-rechargeable) at the camera/photo counter. Home Depot will also take other types of batteries such as those for power tools. I'm posting this here so that hopefully next time someone googles for "maui battery recycling" they will find this and a quick answer to where they can recycle their batteries.

8 comments:

Elixir4 said...

Thank you for the this!!! I was indeed on the 'same page' if you will as you! I do not like dumping all this plastic and other toxic stuff in the landfill or end up in the ocean somehow. Let's not wait until its too late to make efforts to change!

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Extended said...

Well that was short lived.
I saved up a months worth of batteries and took them into LONGS only to be told. No Can Recycle here brah!
Longs Drugs was bought buy CVS and will no longer recycle batteries. It is not worth the cost to them to do it they say.

I understand that Walgreens when it opens in the fall may recycle batteries but until then there is nowhere on Maui to recycle household batteries that I am aware of.

Alex Dioso said...

Extended: Which Longs did you go to and do you remember the name of the employee? I just talked to someone I know at the Kahului Longs and they said they are 'still accepting batteries, as long as they aren't rusty, corroded or wet cell types.' I'll update the blog with Longs's battery recycling status the next time I take some batteries.

Alex Dioso said...

So it turns out that Extended was right. Longs is not currently recycling batteries. I was told that Longs's previous battery recycler stopped picking up used batteries and Longs's parent company CVS is looking for a new battery recycler.

ALR said...

NEWS FLASH! As of May 2010 the county has finally gotten it together and there are many stores taking household batteries, including in Kahului Whole Foods, Ace Hardware and Ben Franklin, and the Kihei Longs. Here is a link to the list of locations island wide: http://www.co.maui.hi.us/documents/Environmental%20Management/Solid%20Waste%20Division/Recycling%20Program/Household%20Batteri_1.PDF

ALR said...

If that last link didn't work, try this general URL for the County recycling info, and household batteries is one of the first links there:
http://www.co.maui.hi.us/index.aspx?NID=742

Gabe said...

what about dead computer batteries? you've got the top post for google, maybe you should update the post. thanks.