Mālama Maui Nui Doubles Up on Recycling Events for May, June

May 19, 2014, 7:59 AM HST · Updated May 19, 8:01 AM
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Road Crew member Kaulana Saltiban loads the Ecycling container. Photo courtesy Mālama Maui Nui.

Road Crew member Kaulana Saltiban loads the Ecycling container. Photo courtesy Mālama Maui Nui.

By Wendy Osher

Mālama Maui Nui will host a Mālama ‘Āina Recycling Event at the Nāpili Redemption Center this Saturday, May 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event offers residents the opportunity drop off recyclable household items including old appliances, cell phones, scrap metal, and batteries at one convenient location.

The items will then be either reused, recycled, or separated for proper disposal by Mālama Maui Nui and its partner organizations.

Event organizers say the Mālama ‘Āina recycling event is part of a monthly series that travels to different locations within Maui County each month in an effort to alleviate pressure on county landfills.

This is the second event hosted by the organization this month, after a successful event in Haʻikū on May 3rd.

Organizers say they will also be doubling up on Mālama ‘Āina recycling events for June with events planned in Kēōkea across from Grandma’s Coffee House on June 14; and at the Lahaina Cannery Mall on June 21.  Both events will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at their respective locations.

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For all three events, crews will accept the following items: scrap metal, bicycles, appliances, lawn mowers, cooking oil, cellular phones, household batteries, vehicle batteries, printers, ink cartridges, electronics, computers, laptops, televisions, HI-5 recyclables, telephone books, newspapers, magazines, cardboard, used eye glasses, hearing aids, books, DVDs, clothing, non HI-5 glass, plastic, aluminum recyclables, and other household items. There is a suggested $5 fee to drop off regular-sized, or smaller, vehicle tires.

While drop off of items is done as a service to the public, residents are encouraged to bring a non-perishable donation for Feed My Sheep, a mobile food distribution program for Maui families and individuals in need.

Items that will not be accepted include: motor oil, hazardous fluids, green waste, furniture, propane tanks, paint, and vehicles.  Paper shredding will also not be available.

Partners for the Nāpili Mālama ‘Āina event include: Maui Land & Pineapple Co., Hammerhead Metals, Maui Friends of the Library, The Lions Club, Intrade Corporation, ARC of Maui, Savers, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Pacific Biodiesel, Maui Disposal, Aloha Waste, Habitat for Humanity Maui, Nāpili Market, and the County of Maui Department of Environmental Management.

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