You name it. Tires, batteries, appliances, bicycles and more common recyclable items have all made it to Lahaina Cannery Mall in the last few months . West Maui residents have responded with enthusiasm to the monthly “Go Green Third Saturday Recycling recycling events. Our club and the others sponsors of the monthly event , which began in July, report that recycling bins have been filled completely
“In July, we filled all the bins well before the noon closing time. In August, we brought extra bins and filled them all again. Judging from the response, these monthly events are certainly meeting the needs of the West Maui community.”
“Go Green Third Saturday Recycling” event are held the third week of each month from 8 a.m. to noon at Lahaina Cannery Mall.
The sponsors report that in one month alone: 40 major appliances, 6,450 pounds of scrap metal, 164 pieces of electronic gear, 11 automobile tires, 700 household batteries, eight gallons of cooking oil and hundreds of pounds of cardboard, paper, glass and cans were collected.
“We’ve diverted nearly ten tons of material from the Maui County landfill,” said Sandy Schneider, president of the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset, a co-sponsor of the monthly events.
“We’re also aware that we’re helping residents who might otherwise dispose of bulky items, like appliances and scrap metal, in inappropriate places throughout our community. These ‘Go Green Third Saturday Recycling’ events are a win-win for residents and our island.”
Virtually all recyclables are accepted except oversize tires, clothing and household goods. There is no fee to drop off items, although a $5 donation is requested for each tire. No fees are paid to residents for recyclables delivered to the event.
In addition to Malama Maui Nui and the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset, co-sponsors of the monthly events include 5A Rent-A-Space in Honokowai, Lahaina Cannery Mall and the County of Maui.
“These events were made possible by a $15,000 grant from Maui County,” noted de Jesus. “Councilmember Elle Cochran led the effort to add these funds to the county budget, and we are indebted to her and the County Council for making this monthly program possible.”
“Go Green Third Saturday Recycling” events will continue through June 2016. For more information, or to volunteer to help at the events, contact Liz May at 5A Rent-A-Space at 669-5200. Able volunteers are needed to assist in handling large drop-offs.
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Particiating Rotarians included Jenelle, Phylecia, Saman, HeidiSandra Jim, Sue and KatieRosemary a potential member.
Jackie Favors is community relations chair. Jackie Favors photo
Jennifer Favors , newly named as chair of the club’s community service committee, met with charter members today to plan the club’s participation for Relay for Life.