Ask the Mayor: Is it Legal to Have Open Trash Bins?

August 20, 2017, 4:48 PM HST · Updated August 20, 4:48 PM

Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the questions submitted to his staff.

Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the “Ask the Mayor” column. Submit your own questions about County of Maui programs, services, operations or policies to Mayor Alan Arakawa at (808) 270-7855,  [email protected]  or mail them to 200 S. High St., 9th Floor, Wailuku, HI 96793.

Dear Mayor:

Q: Our neighbors have a large (4-foot-by-15 foot), open garbage bin/pit full of rotting food waste and trash that is attracting rats. Is this legal in Maui County? Thank you for your response.


A: No, it is not legal, especially since it may be a health hazard. This is an issue that the State Department of Health (DOH) oversees through its Environmental Health Services Division, Maui Sanitation Branch.

DOH stated that residents can call Vector Control at (808) 873-3560 to request that an inspector investigate.

DOH also noted that garbage should be stored in a tight-fitting container, but since that does not always occur, refuse should be stored in garbage bags that can be closed tightly and disposed of in a trash can. This is to avoid any nuisances such as odors, flies, rodents and any other animals.

Residents wanting to open a residential refuse collection account can visit and click on the link for “County Residential Collection Services.”



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