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Community Work Day accepts plastic check-out bags for reuse

By Staff | Jan 20, 2011

Community Work Day Program recently received a $5,000 grant from Boeing Charitable Foundation to assist with restoration of the La‘ie Wetland in Kihei. The Boeing Corporation has been an ongoing sponsor of CWD’s efforts through additional grant funding and regularly scheduled work days in the wetland. Scott Ibara, community investor with Boeing, has been mobilizing volunteer groups from the Maui Research and Technology Center since the beginning of the restoration. “We decided to support this project specifically in this area because Boeing has a presence here,” said Ibara, adding “this area is someplace I want to enjoy for years to come.”

PUUNENE — In partnership with the county Recycling Section, Community Work Day Program (CWD) will be accepting plastic check-out bags from merchants countywide.

In response to this year’s plastic bag ban that took effect Jan. 11, CWD anticipates that retailers countywide will have thousands of remaining unused plastic bags.

“These bags cannot go to the landfill because they may get caught in an updraft wind and get blown out to sea. CWD will accept these bags from retailers and redistribute them to the community for use as dog waste bags and garbage bags,” the nonprofit reported,

In order to receive plastic bags, residents must show three reusable shopping bags to demonstrate that they are prepared for the plastic bag ban.

Call CWD at 877-2524 or e-mail info@cwdhawaii.org for more information.for an afternoon of family fun.

For more information, call 244-3326, e-mail baileyhousemuseum@clearwire.net or visit www.mauimuseum.org.