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Posted on: June 19, 2014

Budget Constraints to Impact Solid Waste Services in the New Fiscal Year

WAILUKU, MAUI, Hawai‘i – The County of Maui Department of Environmental Management would like to notify all Maui County refuse account holders, refuse haulers, contractors and all those utilizing our Maui County Landfills that beginning August 1, 2014, budget constraints are anticipated that will curtail refuse pickup scheduling and landfill hours.

The changes, which are subject to consultation with the affected unions, are as follows:

- Hana, Molokai, and Lanai landfills’ new hours will be 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Tuesday through Saturday) and closed on County holidays.

- Central Maui Landfill’s new hours will be 6 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Monday through Saturday) and closed on County holidays.

- County Refuse collection will remain on the same schedule; however, collection services will no longer be provided on County holidays. Refuse pickup will be on the next regularly scheduled pickup day.

The reduced services have become necessary due to resource limitations placed upon Environmental Management by the County Council in its approved Fiscal Year 2015 budget.

Due to strict regulatory compliance requirements, the Solid Waste Division priorities remain focused on providing core services and meeting State and Federal standards. These include environmental protection, employee safety and building sustainability and reliability of the services provided to the community including refuse collection and landfilling.

“Non-regulatory activities, including landfill diversion and recycling, remain important,” said Kyle Ginoza, Environmental Management Director. “However, given the Fiscal Year 2015 budget and Council-imposed spending restrictions, we must focus our remaining resources on compliance, safety and meeting core needs. The Solid Waste Division will strive to meet environmental protection as well as our community needs through continued improvements in technology, waste conversion, cost-effective diversion, and efficient utilization of budgeted resources.”

The County appreciates the public’s understanding and cooperation as the necessary changes are implemented.

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