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Council members take initiative to support recycling in West Maui

By Staff | Sep 18, 2014

Mayor Alan Arakawa and County Council Chair Gladys Baisa last week reported that regular and holiday landfill operations and trash pick-ups will resume effective immediately.

On the recycling front, however, it’s still a mess in West Maui.

The Napili recycling dropbox facility is closed, and a Lahainaluna Road facility only accepts HI-5 items. So, if you want to recycle and do the right thing, you have to deal with the traffic and head to the Olowalu Recycling & Refuse Convenience Center.

To “assist the West Maui community with the tremendous loss of recycling facilities that have occurred as of late within the district,” West Maui County Councilwoman Elle Cochran’s office noted, she and Councilman Mike White will host a series of monthly recycling events here.

Set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8; Saturday, Nov. 15; and Wednesday, Dec. 10, the events will be held at the south end of the Lahaina Cannery Mall parking lot.

At the recycling days, all items previously accepted at both the Napili and Lahainaluna locations (glass, cardboard, plastics, etc.) can be dropped off. E-cycling, metals, appliances and HI-5 items will not be accepted.

There is no need to separate your recyclables. They will be hauled, sorted and processed at another site.

Cochran and White thanked Maui Disposal for assisting with collection and hauling for the upcoming events, and Malama Maui Nui (Community Work Day) for helping to coordinate them.

For information, call 270-5504 or 270-5507.

In making their announcement last week, Arakawa and Baisa said restoration of regular landfill and trash pick-up services will require a budget amendment early next year.

While they are at it, the administration and council should make it easier for West Side residents to recycle.