RECYCLING ON MAUI

The core of the Zero Waste movement is built around robust and well-supported recycling programs. Here on Maui we have been building programs and infrastructure for nearly two decades. Together with a committed corps of citizens we have achieved a landfill diversion rate of nearly 43%, a full ten points above the national average.

There is an official report on how all of Maui's recycling programs are performing. It is issued every year by the Recycling Section of the County of Maui Department of Infrastructure and Environmental Management.

To find out how, what, where, and when to recycle on Maui, and become a part of this success story, check out and/or download the 2014 County of Maui Recycling Guide.
ACTION OPPORTUNITY!

The Maui County Council is debating a resolution:
"ADOPTING THE PRINCIPLES OF ZERO WASTE
AS A WASTE MANAGEMENT POLICY FOR THE COUNTY OF MAUI"


Help the Council put our community on the growing list of Zero Waste Supporters
CLICK HERE TO EMAIL ALL MAUI COUNCIL MEMBERS
Ask them to support Council Resolution IEM-37

CLICK HERE
to read the Resolution.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR RECYCLING ON MAUI?

ISLANDWIDE CURBSIDE RECYCLING!


We're not in this alone!
The Zero Waste Movement is supported by the environmental community, government, business leaders and others.
Here in Hawaii the island of Kauai is in the forefront. Learn more about their Zero Waste programs,policies and more in their
ZERO WASTE RESOURCE GUIDE

Is Maui's proposed "Integrated Waste Conversion to Energy" a true Waste To Energy (WTE) plan? We think so.
Is it good policy for our island? We think it is not.

Much has been said, and written, since this plan was first presented.
We think this is a poorly conceived plan and has the potential
to be an environmental and economic disaster for Maui.
To find out why, click here


How do the people of Maui feel about their recycling program and the efforts to abandon recycling in favor of a "Waste To Energy" plan?

Here are the results of a September 2013 Maui News Poll:


WHAT IS ZERO WASTE?
Zero Waste is a set of policies and goals, based on the concept of "waste as a resource", that will lead our community to a sustainable way of living.
Zero Waste is a design principle for the 21st Century that seeks to redesign the way resources and materials flow through society
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There are four central concepts to the Zero Waste system:

1. Changing the Rules to support resource recovery.

2. Producer Resposibility to hold industry liable for creating less toxic and more efficient products.

3. Purchasing for Zero Waste to use our buying power as our voice for Zero waste.

4. Resource Recovery Infrastructure to build the processing and recovery systems that move us toward Zero Waste



"Wasted Waste"

How crazy is it that the US landfills $11.4 billion in recyclable packaging materials every year? Plenty crazy. From cardboard shoe boxes to plastic detergent bottles, from Styrofoam fast food containers to cardboard egg cartons, from metals to those ubiquitous PET water bottles, our landfills are filling up with recoverable, recyclable packaging materials while driving up the cost of virtually everything we buy.

This sad story is that it is happening everywhere - in homes, offices, public buildings, backyards and supermarkets. Major US institurions, incuding the Defense Department contribute more than their fair share as do the smallest entrepreneurial elements of the US business community. It is happening literally in front of our eyes, every day. It's getting worse, not better, despite decades of attention. Sadly, it seems that throwing packaging "away" is still a huge part of American culture. MORE



STILL CONFUSED ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL WARMING?
CHECK OUT THIS NASA VIDEO.
SIX DECADES OF CLIMATE CHANGE
IN 15 SECONDS.



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Learn More About The Hawaii Zero Waste Movement

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Zero Waste Business Council

New Zealand Zero Waste Trust


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