The County of Maui Department of Environmental Management’s Solid Waste Division announced today that beginning Earth Day, April 22, the recycling of small-sized, residential scrap metals will be allowed at the Central Maui Landfill Recycling Center. No commercial scrap metal will be accepted.
The County’s Solid Waste Division designed the Central Maui Landfill with the intention of offering metal recycling to residents. Besides the benefit of providing this service to residents, the County benefits by diverting metals from the waste-stream, which helps to reduce future landfill expenses.
Metal recycling will be available during daily landfill hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Residents should separate their metal loads from all other waste and recycling. Metal items that will be accepted include: roofing, gutters, tubs, sinks, faucets, pipes, metal lawn furniture, blinds and fencing. Bicycles (rubber tires must be removed), push mowers (all fluid must be removed), cable and electric wires, small electric appliances, microwaves, hand tools (batteries must be removed), satellite dishes, solar panels and motor parts (all fluid must be removed) will also be accepted.
Items that will not be accepted in the metal recycling bin include: commercial material, household appliances, TVs, computers, radios, tires, batteries, shower stalls, riding lawn mowers, air conditioners, PV panels, propane tanks, aerosol cans, asbestos, rubbish and items that do not fit in the container. Any item containing hazardous waste will not be accepted.
SOS Island Metals Recycling has been awarded the bid for a two-year pilot project, at no cost to the county. The contractor provides the bins and hauling of the scrap metals at no charge, while retaining all profits from the sale of metals collected.
Residents are encouraged to continue recycling their larger metal items at SOS Island Metals Recycling Facility located on Mokulele Highway in the Central Maui Baseyard.
Commercial customers are encouraged to take their metals directly to SOS Island Metals Recycling and Kitagawa.