Abuse, non-use forces Maui recycling center to close

Photo: Maui County
Photo: Maui County

Maui County officials are shutting down a recycling center due to low levels of use and frequent illegal dumping at the site.

The Dept. of Environmental Management announced Wednesday that the Waiehu Recycling Center on Kahekili Hwy. at Makaala Drive will be closed as of Monday, April 7.

“The Waiehu dropbox has historically been under-utilized and, despite regular monitoring, the site has been the victim of frequent dumping of items such as animal carcasses, used motor oil, batteries and appliances,” said director Kyle Ginoza. “These materials contaminate the environment when not properly disposed of or recycled and cost tax dollars to clean up. It makes sense, both economically and environmentally, to ask the public to utilize one of the several other recycling centers in Central Maui.”

The County’s recycling and redemption center off Wahine Pio St., behind the UH-Maui Campus, is located less than three miles away from the Waiehu site. The dropbox recycling center is open 7 a.m.-7 p.m., with the redemption center open Wed. to Sun., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Two other recycling centers also are located within three miles of the center and allow the public to redeem HI-5 beverage bottles and recycle residential materials: Maui Disposal’s recycling and redemption center on Kanoa St., open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed noon-12:30 p.m. for lunch); and Aloha Recycling’s recycling and redemption center, located at 75 Amala Pl., open Mon. to Sat. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

A temporary banner has been posted at the Waiehu center to notify the public of the closure next month and a permanent sign will be posted to inform users of where to take material.

For recycling information, including details on how to properly recycle used motor oil, batteries and appliances, click here or call the Recycle Maui County Hotline at 270-7880.

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