CURBSIDE RECYCLING ON MAUI
Maui's solid waste resource management programs have been controversial. It is unlikely that will change any time soon. Different technologies, systems schedules and budgets have been the source of debate for over two decades. Changes in political administrations at the county, state and federal programs occur every four years, or less, and mostly result in more delays and less progress.
However, there is one program/idea that is nearly universally approved -- islandwide curbside recycling. Whether we recycle it, bury it, burn it or rocket it into outer space everyone agrees that curbside pickup or recyclables is an idea whose time has come.
Curbside pickup involves individuals in a positive environmental action. It is easy to day and provides instant positive feedback. Being a recycler leads us to other positive environmental activities -- probably the single most effective method to enlist millions in the campaign against global environmental problems.
Here on Maui we have already conducted a successful pilot curbside recycling project.
However, despite the success of the pilot program the Arakawa administration has chosen to cancel the service to the households involved in the pilot program. In addition, there are no plans to resume or expand this popular service despite the fact that the plan used in the pilot project is ready for islandwide implementaion.
Read about the project's preliminary results here.
Read about implementing this planhere.
How do we persuade our leaders that Maui is ready and willing to make islandwide curbside recycling a reality? Remember, our leaders need a little leadership from us.
Here are the results of a petition in support of islandwide curbside recycling.
It has been endorsed by more than a thousand Mauians.