‘Go Green – Recycle Third Saturday’ to debut at Lahaina Cannery Mall
LAHAINA – Malama Maui Nui and the new Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset will launch “Go Green – Recycle Third Saturday” this weekend as part of a giant effort to bring comprehensive recycling to West Maui.
On Saturday, July 18, from 8 a.m. to noon and every third Saturday of the month, residents will be able to recycle nearly two dozen varieties of recyclables to bins set up in the parking lot of Lahaina Cannery Mall.
The first “Go Green” event will accept what may be the largest array of items ever collected at one time in West Maui – everything from common items such as plastics and cardboard to electronics, eyeglasses and hearing aids, newspapers and magazines, scrap metal, bicycles, appliances (working or not), lawn mowers, cellular phones, household and vehicle batteries, telephone books, reusable household items, clothing, TVs, printers, ink cartridges, photo/video cameras and microwave ovens.
Tires will also be accepted, although a $5 drop-off fee is suggested for regular-size or smaller vehicle tires.
Some of the materials collected will be distributed to various non-profits that recycle items such as eyeglasses and hearing aids.
“Recyclables will be accepted at no charge, but there will be no payments for cans and bottles normally redeemable for cash at county facilities,” said John de Jesus, executive director of Malama Maui Nui (formerly Community Work Day).
“We encourage donors to bring them as a donation to help support this MMN/ Rotary Sunset volunteer-driven event.” MMN will do the redeeming.
“The new program represents a giant step in supporting our mission to educate, inspire and empower individuals and communities to beautify and maintain Maui Nui’s environment,” according to de Jesus.
Newly elected Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset President Sandra Schneider noted that “we will be making recycling in West Maui more convenient while also keeping tons of recyclables out of landfills.”
About the only recyclables that will not be accepted are propane tanks, green waste, furniture, trash, motor oil, hazardous fluids/waste, and paint.
A component of the Sunset Club’s “Go for the Green” initiative inaugurated by a fundraiser at the Royal Lahaina Resort in March, the Saturday events will staffed by volunteers from Rotary as well as the co-sponsoring Malama Maui Nui. Also supporting the effort is 5A Rent-A-Space and Maui County, partners in the new program.
The Third Saturday initiative will supplement MMN’s Malama ‘Aina Recycling events and recycling by the county at the Refuse & Recycling Center at Olowalu and near the Pioneer Mill Smokestack on Lahainaluna Road. Hours at these two locations, which sometimes change, can be confirmed by calling 270-7880.
Malama Maui Nui is one of over 600 affiliates of Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities.
The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset (http:rotarycluboflahainasunsetblog.org), which completed its first year in June, has taken on recycling as a year-long community project.