MAUI INTEGRATED SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN
For over 20 years the people of Maui County have supported a solid waste resource management regime built on a "3R (reduce, reuse, recycle) philosophy. As a result we now divert over 40% of our waste stream from our landfills. Given the fact that the national average is near 33% many Mauians feel a sense of justifiable pride in this accomplishment. Maui County's progress in developing its recycling industry/infrastructure has been guided by a series of Integrated Solid Waste Management Plans. The current version was developed by a diverse group. Some were members of the community appointed by then Mayor Charmaine Tavares. Others were paid consultants, still others County employees. An Advisory Panel of 16 community members represented the visitor industry, Maui hotels and resorts, non-profit environmental organizations, including Maui Recycling Group, Maui's recycling industry, agricultural operators, economic development organizations, representatives from the Islands of Moloka'ai and Lana'i and others. They were assisted by a mainland-based engineering/consulting firm. Their work included visiting several mainland venues in order to learn about how other communities were choosing to deal with their solid waste resource management issues.
Together these community leaders drafted a revision of Maui's ISWMP that called for the County to achieve a 60% landfill diversion rate prior to consideration of a "Waste To Energy" (WTE) component. The rationale behind this recommendation is that our existing "3R" approach and programs represent our best opportunity to achieve our goals. In addition, this approach also provides for more jobs, more revenues to the County, more economic growth. In addition, and no less important, is a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. In short recycling and its associated activities are best for our economy and our environment.
The Plan document includes a 5 page Executive Summary and a great deal of detailed information on all topics studied by the working group. Click here to access an online copy of the plan.
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