// //
 


MAUIANS HAVE A CHOICE TO MAKE -- RECYCLING OR WASTE TO ENERGY
HERE ARE A FEW DETAILS ON OUR RECYCLING EFFORTS
The Zero Waste movement is built around robust and well-supported recycling programs. Here on Maui we have been building programs and infrastructure for nearly two decades. Thanks to a committed citizry, ongoing support from Maui's elected leadership, and partnerships initiated by Maui's business community we achieved a landfill diversion rate in 2011 of nearly 43%, a full ten points above the national average.
There is an official report detailing how all of Maui's recycling programs are performing. It is issued every year by the Recycling Section of the County of Maui Department of Infrastructure and Environmental Management. It details the effectiveness of Maui's landfill diversion programs. The last year for which the figures are available is 2011.
In the meantime, find out how, what, where, and when to recycle on Maui
check out and/or download the 2015 County of Maui Recycling Guide.

HERE ARE A FEW DETAILS ABOUT THE PROPOSED WASTE TO ENERGY PLAN
Is Maui's proposed "Integrated Waste Conversion to Energy" a true Waste To Energy (WTE) plan? We think so.

Is it good policy for our island? We think not.

Much has been said, and written, since this plan was first presented.
It has been promoted to Mauians as a "no cost" plan. However, the "Agreement" between the County of Maui and Anaergia tells a different story. We think this is a poorly conceived plan and has the potential to be an environmental and economic disaster for Maui. Analyses of this document indicates this "no cost" plan will cost Maui taxpayers millions every year of the 20 year term.
To find out more, click here to read what the experts have to say about the plan and the numbers.

Like to check our math? Click here to view spreadsheets and budgets
Click here to view/download to view/download the "Agreement" itself.

For the past several years much has been written and broadcast on
Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa's administration's waste-to-energy plans.

EXPLORE ZERO WASTE CAMPAIGN MAUI PRESS ARCHIVES HERE


How do the people of Maui feel about their recycling programs
and the efforts to abandon recycling in favor of a "Waste To Energy" plan?
Here are the results of a September 2013 Maui News Poll:


Our site is "content rich" -- a function of the
community interest and importance of this topic.
Below are links to all pages and topics in our site.



WHAT IS ZERO WASTE?
Zero Waste is a set of policies and goals, based on the concept of
"waste as a resource", that will lead our community to a sustainable way of living.
Zero Waste is a design principle for the 21st Century that seeks to redesign
the way resources and materials flow through society.

There are four central concepts to the Zero Waste system:

1. Changing the Rules to support resource recovery.

2. Producer Resposibility to hold industry liable for creating less toxic
and more efficient products.

3. Purchasing for Zero Waste to use our buying power as our voice for Zero waste.

4. Resource Recovery Infrastructure to build the processing and recovery
systems that move us toward Zero Waste