By Jeff King
The Maui County “3-Can Plan” for curbside recycling will end along two pilot routes in South Maui. The plan collects trash one day a week, and – alternately – collects recyclable materials and green waste on alternate weeks. The project will conclude February 1.
In a letter to residential curbside recycling customers, Solid Waste Division officials said, “…we will discontinue the 3-Can Recycling Pilot and resume twice per week trash (Brown Cart) pickup on February 1, 2015.”
Much of Kihei and all of Maui Meadows have been in the program since its inception in August, 2012. The program has been an expensive one – with equipment purchases (the green bins and the blue bins) and manpower costs exceeding projected budgets, primarily due to the “waste” separation that came with the program. Solid Waste officials noted that the success of the program was slightly overshadowed by the man-hours necessary to separate out “contaminants” like glass and phone books in the blue cans and food waste in the green bins. The collection of food scraps for recycling/composting was discontinued in 2013.
Customers have been asked to put their green and blue bins on the curb for collection by the County. The letter gave dates and affected neighborhoods for the bin pickup which will happen across six Saturdays in February and March. They note that the bins are “committed,” therefore not for sale. Customers who fail to put both bins out could be charged a replacement fee of $100 per bin. Click here bin collection dates for affected areas.
The letter offers recycling options to program participants – such as delivery to neighborhood recycling centers and compost facilities.
The letter from Maui County Solid Waste division did not indicate whether or not the cart pickup dates would require that the carts be empty or not.