KAANAPALI–Planners of the club’s new Go for the Green Eco initiative, members and guests of the club will year Karl Bossert representing a company that has a contract to build a Maui Resource Recovery Facility and Kyle Ginoza, Maui County’s director of Environmental Management speak May 19 on the future of recycling in Maui County.
Mayor Alan Arakawa has announced that the county has inked an agreement with the Maui Resource Recovery Facility LLC to finance, design, build, own and operate a state-of-the-art resource facility, which will divert about 85 percent of the county’s municipal solid waste.
The goal of the Maui Resource Recovery Facility is to significantly reduce the amount of waste that is currently being sent to the landfill and to fully utilize the valuable resources embodied in organic waste. This approach, according to to builders of the facility, has many positive environmental benefits, including:
• Preservation of Maui’s natural environment
• Extension of the life of the central Maui landfill by up to five times
• Diversion of approximately 85 percent of the county’s municipal solid waste from the Central Maui Landfill – currently, only about 43% of the waste is diverted
• Recovery of up to 75% of recyclable materials such as paper, plastics, metals
• Production of sustainable and renewable fuels
• Reduction of reliance on imported fuels which reduces the County’s carbon footprint by an amount that is equal to removing 25,000 cars from roadways
• Production of organic compost or fertilizer