ZERO WASTE AND RECYCLING IN THE NEWS

ARAKAWA ADMINISTRATION CANCELS "3 CAN" CURBSIDE RECYCLING PROGRAM

According to Maui County Department of Environmental Management Director Kyle Ginoza, in a Maui News story of November 25, the "3 CAN" Curbside recycling pilot project resulted in costs "...more than four times the cost of conventional disposal." CLICK HERE for the full text of the Maui News coverage, and the Zero Waste Campaign Maui response.

COUNTY COUNCIL TO AUDIT WASTE TO ENERGY PROJECT

Thanks in part to questions from the Maui community the County Council has chosen to engage a professional firm to conduct a "performance audit" of the County of Maui Department of Environmental Management. The Council identified three areas to be the focus of the audit. One is the County of Maui/Anaergia Services Inc. "Agreement" for a waste-to-energy project on Maui. To see the full text of the September 24, 2014 Maui News coverage CLICK HERE


RECYCLING ON MAUI

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 mostly to a committed corps of citizens we have 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 issues an official report detailing the effectiveness of Maui's landfill diversion programs.

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.

What's next for recycling on Maui? If Mauians have their way it will be
Islandwide Curbside Recycling


How do Mauians Feel About Maui's Recycling Programs and Waste-To-Energy Plan?
See what a September 2013 Maui News Poll reports.

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.
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


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

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.
ZEROING OUT WASTED WASTE:
EXTENDED PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITY IN ACTION

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.




RESOURCES
Learn More About The Global Zero Waste Movement
Learn More About The Hawaii Zero Waste Movement
Zero Waste Business Council
New Zealand Zero Waste Trust

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