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.
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
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
to read the Resolution.