Maui County Electric Bike Program New Limits
If you still own DVDs and VCRs and want to get rid of them, recycling is no longer an option on Maui. Maui County’s Free Electronic Recycling Program has established new restrictions on what it will accept due to changes in the recycling product market. Since May 1st, E-Cycling no longer accepts DVDs and VCRs; Telephone (s; audio-visual equipment, including audiovisual screens, cameras and projectors; transmission devices; audio equipment, including receivers; CD and record players, amplifiers or speakers These items should be landfilled.
The program will continue to accept televisions, computers (including tablets), printers and monitors, as well as the power cords of each device for recycling.
Over 80% of the world’s recycled plastic has been purchased by China. In an effort to clean up its environment, China has restricted recyclable products and set strict contamination limits. The E-Cycling program cites this change in the global recycling raw material market for local restrictions.
“The markets change and we also have to change,” said Marty Mahon, administrator of the E-Cycling program. “We cannot collect a commodity that has no end use.” Mahon encourages the community to cooperate and bring only acceptable items to E-Cycling.
E-Cycling does not accept devices such as washers, air conditioners or microwaves. Residents can bring these items free of charge to Hammerhead Metals in Maui’s Central Yard. For more information, call 808-280-8844.
For general questions about recycling, call the Maui County Recycle Hotline at 808-280-7880. From Lanai, call 800-270-0125, ext. 880; from Molokai, dial 800-270-0117, ext. 7880.
The Maui County Electric Bike Program, run by Habitat for Humanity, is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at 901 L. Main St., Wailuku. If you have any questions, call the e-bike information line at 808-280-6460.