ZERO WASTE AND RECYCLING IN THE NEWS

Read published comments and more from Doug McLeod, former County of Maui Energy Commissioner. His opinions appear in the Maui News and in the online journal Ihilihi Media, published by Life Of The Land Executive Director Henry Curtis.


ANAERGIA'S RESPONSE to Doug McLeod's opinion piece appeared in the March 22nd edition of the Maui News.
Here
is the text of that response.

GOOD NEWS!

There's good news for one of Maui's true zero waste pioneers -- "Hawaii Governor and Transportation Director Tour Big Island Biodiesel; Commemorates National Biodiesel Day with Proclamation and Commitment to Use B20
Hawaii Governor David Ige and Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui proclaimed March 18, 2015 as Pacific Biodiesel Day ...
read more here

For the past two years much has been written and broadcast on the
administration's waste-to-energy plans.

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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 corps of citizens, 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 2014 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.

Like to check our math? Click here to view spreadsheets and budgets
Click here to view/download to view/download the "Agreement" itself.

We think this is a poorly conceived plan and has the potential to be an environmental and economic disaster for Maui. To review how the Maui news media have covered this important topic 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:


Maui's Mayor has decided that Mauians will not have islandwide residential curbside recycling. This despite completing a successful 2 year pilot project. Maui Meadows and Kihei residents who participated in the pilto program had every expectation that their curbside recycling pickup service would continue. However, the Arakawa administration had other plans and the Mayor announced the project and service would be discontinued because it was "...too expensive."
If Mauians have their way we will soon be back on the right recycling track. That track will lead to
Islandwide Residential Curbside Recycling




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
.
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

ACTION OPPORTUNITIES!

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.

Zero Waste is going statewide! Experts, acitivsts and international leaders concened on the Big Island from March 8-111. We learned all learn how the Zero Waste movement is making progress internationally, in the US, and right here in Hawaii.
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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. MORE

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For the past two years much has been written and broadcast on the
administration's waste-to-energy plans.

EXPLORE ZERO WASTE CAMPAIGN MAUI PRESS ARCHIVES HERE

RESOURCES

Learn More About The Hawaii Zero Waste Movement

Learn More About The Global Zero Waste Movement

Zero Waste International Alliance

Zero Waste USA

Zero Waste Business Council

New Zealand Zero Waste Trust

ZERO WASTE CAMPAIGN MAUI SALUTES THESE MAUI RECYCLING PIONEERS
Aloha Recycling
Maui Eko Compost
Maui Recycing Service
Pacific Biodiesel

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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