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.
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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.
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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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