MAUIANS HAVE A CHOICE TO MAKE -- RECYCLING OR WASTE TO ENERGY HERE ARE A FEW DETAILS ON OUR RECYCLING EFFORTS
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. Thanks to a committed citizry, ongoing support from Maui's elected leadership, and partnerships initiated by Maui's business community we achieved a landfill diversion rate in 2011 of nearly 43%, a full ten points above the national average. There is an official report detailing 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. It details the effectiveness of Maui's landfill diversion programs. The last year for which the figures are available is 2011.
In the meantime, find out how, what, where, and when to recycle on Maui check out and/or download the County of Maui Recycling Guide.
HERE ARE A FEW DETAILS ABOUT THE PROPOSED WASTE TO ENERGY PLAN
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 not.
Much has been said, and written, since this plan was first presented. It has been promoted to Mauians as a "no cost" plan. However, the "Agreement" between the County of Maui and Anaergia tells a different story. We think this is a poorly conceived plan and has the potential to be an environmental and economic disaster for Maui. Analyses of this document indicates this "no cost" plan will cost Maui taxpayers millions every year of the 20 year term. To find out more, click here to read what the experts have to say about the plan and the numbers.
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.
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
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ZEROING OUT WASTED WASTE: EXTENDED PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITY
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.
For the past two years much has been written and broadcast on the administration's waste-to-energy plans.
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