Maui County fire fighters are still on the scene at the Central Maui Landfill – Refuse & Recycling Center, where a blaze at the EKO Compost site has closed down operations Monday and possibly Tuesday.
This means that all of Maui’s normally scheduled trash pick-up routes – with the exception of Hana – will be delayed until Tuesday. Tuesday’s usual trash-pick up routes will be pushed back until Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning.
Residents and businesses will also not be able to drop refuse or recycling materials off at the landfill as it is closed to the public due to the unsafe conditions from the fire and smoke. This closure includes the landfill, the EKO Composting site and Pacific Biodisel as well.
The fire was first reported at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday and initially involved about two acres of compost material. Maui County fire fighters responded and were assisted by county public works water tanker and bulldozer crews, along with State airport fire fighters.
Because of the thick smoke at the scene fire officials were unable to assess the damage at the site. A damage estimate is expected later today. Pictures from the scene are being attached to this email to show how bad visibility was Sunday.
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