Maui landfill reopens after fire, trash pick-up resumes

Photo courtesy: Maui County
Photo courtesy: Maui County

The Central Maui Landfill and Olowalu Recycling & Refuse Convenience Center were both reopened Tuesday, allowing County work crews to resume picking up residential trash routes.

The public is advised that delays are expected as refuse collection staff catch up on Monday’s missed trash pickups and most of Tuesday’s trash. Any missed routes will be picked up tomorrow, Wednesday.

The Central Maui Landfill was closed Sunday after a fire at the EKO Compost facility near the landfill was reported at 2:30 p.m.,involving a two-acre, 30-foot-high compost pile in various stages of decomposition. Landfill workers, Maui fire fighters, Public Works crews and State airport fire fighters all responded to bring flames under control. The Olowalu Recycling & Refuse Convenience Center was also closed on Sunday, after the landfill closure caused the convenience center to fill to capacity.

Today the Maui County Department of Fire and Public Safety said there were a few hot spots remaining in the compost pile as of this morning, that were being extinguished by EKO Compost personnel. Fire fighters reported the fire 95 percent contained as of 7 p.m. Monday.

Two businesses suffered damage because of the compost fire. Maui EKO Systems reported losing one grinder and two tractor trailers worth an estimated $300,000 to $500,000. Pacific Biodiesel said they lost two trailers and two 20-foot tanks valued at $60,000.

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