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County wants funding to try out curbside recycling

December 15, 2011
The Maui Weekly

The Maui News - Maui County would test curbside recycling in a pilot program officials hope to run in Maui Meadows for one year.

The administration of Mayor Alan Arakawa is seeking a budget amendment of $440,000 to run the trial. If it's successful, the program could be expanded to other communities on Maui, said Mike Miyamoto, deputy director of the Department of Environmental Management.

The proposal was part of a larger waste management plan that is intended to increase the amount of materials diverted from the Central Maui Landfill, he said. "First we created all these recycling centers, and now we're looking to take it the next step," Miyamoto said. The administration requested the funding in its annual budget earlier this year but was turned back by County Council members who asked department staff to work out any contract issues with Solid Waste Division employees before moving ahead.

The department followed up on that request, Miyamoto said. "We have been in discussions with the union, and we are confident we can reach an agreement," he said. The pilot program would reach around 2,000 households in Maui Meadows and South Maui. If funding were approved, the program could start by May, he said.



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