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Jul 28

Chair's 3 Minutes: Solid waste focus of council committee’s work

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 9:24 AM by Office of Council Services

Published in The Maui News July 27, 2014
By ELLE COCHRAN, for The Maui News

Solid waste management is one focus of the County Council Infrastructure and Environmental Management Committee's work.

Improvements in solid waste management can limit demands on the county's landfills, saving taxpayer money and preserving the natural environment.

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The committee seeks to ensure the Department of Environmental Management has the tools - in both policies and resources - necessary to perform the services appropriately demanded by the community. But it's an obligation the committee is unable to fulfill if the department doesn't provide adequate information.

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Jul 24

PRESS RELEASE: Committee to consider ban on polystyrene food containers

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 11:27 AM by Office of Council Services

WAILUKU, Hawaii –The Infrastructure and Environmental Management Committee will consider a bill on Monday, July 28, at 1:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber in Wailuku, to ban the use and sale of polystyrene disposable food service containers, Committee Chair Elle Cochran announced today.

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The bill, introduced by Councilmember Michael Victorino, would prohibit food establishments and vendors from using or selling polystyrene food containers. The most well-known polystyrene product is Styrofoam, which is widely used by residents for plate lunches and take-out containers. 

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May 13

Lahaina News: Councilwoman busy with several West Maui issues

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 12:42 PM by Office of Council Services

Published in Lahaina News, May 8,  2014
By Elle Cochran

Elle Cochran


WAILUKU - The past four months at the County Council have been quite eventful. My office has been engaged with several significant issues that impact West Maui, including (but not limited to) the Kahoma Village 201H affordable housing project (neighboring Lahaina Cannery Mall); King Kamehameha III Elementary School traffic safety issues; Honokeana Cove beach access solutions; scrutinizing challenges with mauka land development Best Management Practices where runoff is negatively effecting Honokahua Bay; the Mokuhina Ecosystem Restoration Project; the disadvantageous closures of two West Maui recycling drop box sites; research and development of an improved pesticides disclosure bill; the passage of Maui Preparatory Academy's Tobacco-Free Beaches and Parks legislation; as well as diligent work on the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget.

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