The Rotary Club of Upcountry Maui held its latest successful television and computer e-cycling event in October as part of its semiannual service to the Upcountry Maui community.
The club will also collect undecorated Christmas trees in the Upcountry area and in Kahului on Jan. 7, 2012, as part of its yearly "treecycling" program. (See "Treecycling Offered After the Holidays" on this page.)
Maui County discontinued its Christmas tree drop-off site service, but for a small donation, Rotary club members will pick them up and take them to the green waste area at the Central Maui Landfill, where they will be ground up for use as compost.
The club earned a Rotary International (RI) Significant Achievement Award for the initiation of these ongoing services, recognizing them as some of the world's "most outstanding projects that address the most pressing needs of their local community" and serving as model for other Rotary clubs to follow.
"Your club has made a meaningful impact on your community and your project represents the very best work in your district [Hawai'i] and the Rotary world," stated RI General Secretary Ed Futa as part of the awards presentation held earlier this year.
The Rotary club picked up unwanted electronic equipment in the Upcountry area for donations between $5 and $75, while giving Upcountry residents the opportunity to support the organization's scholarships and leadership training for Maui students, as well as other community projects.
Upcountry Rotarians, with the cooperation of the Maui County Electronics Recycling Program, picked up equipment and delivered it to Habitat for Humanity's Re-Store Warehouse in Wailuku for refurbishment or recycling.
Useable equipment was donated to Habitat families, schools or nonprofits. Items that are not useable or sellable were shipped to the Mainland for recycling. The e-cycling program guaranteed responsible recycling of electronics byproducts.
In addition, the club picked up batteries for an additional fee for recycling at Community Work Day.
"The purpose of e-cycling was to mitigate environmental problems caused by contamination of heavy metals that leak from electronic equipment, such as TVs and computers that are disposed of improperly in the Maui County landfill," said Upcountry Rotary Past President Debra Lordan ("Maui Weekly's" editor). "I am pleased that Rotary International recognized the importance of our efforts to preserve the environment."
For information about future e-cycling events, call Past President Lordan at 280-9667.