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MAYORWatch: Why Doesn’t Wailuku Have Residential Recycling Bins Like Kihei?

Mayor Michael Victorino answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.

Question: I would like to know why Wailuku has no residential recycling bins like Kihei does?

Answer: The curbside recycling program, 3 Can Plan, was implemented in two pilot areas in Kihei back in 2012 and continues indefinitely due to high demand from residents in the area.

This program did not expand islandwide after its first phase, but could if there was significant interest. Keep in mind, though, participating homes pay an extra fee per month on top of their refuse collection bill in order to continue under the program.

As described in its name, residents participating in the program receive three carts: one for rubbish gathered every week, a green cart for greenwaste gathered every other week and a blue cart for mixed recyclables also gathered every other week.

For now, you can drop off plastic bottles #1 and #2, cardboard, newspaper, aluminum cans, bi-metal cans; and glass at the nearest county residential recycling drop box center. The closest one to Wailuku is located on the University of Hawaii Maui College campus off of Wahinepio Avenue at Cameron Way. For more information on recycling drop boxes, click here.

For more information on the 3 Can Plan, click here.

For any questions about recycling, call the County of Maui Recycling Hotline at 270-7880, email [email protected] or click here. For account billing questions, call 270-7720 and for missed pick-ups or cart replacements, call 270-7452.

Want to Ask the Mayor? Submit your Maui County related questions to Mayor Michael Victorino by email at [email protected], by phone at 270-7855 or by mail at 200 S. High St., ninth floor, Wailuku 96793. Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the “Ask theMayor” column; to request a personal response to a concern, email [email protected]

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