First metal recycling event will help residents

Press Release by County of Maui

KAUNAKAKAI — Maui County Mayor Charmaine Tavares announced recently that the County Department of Environmental Managements Solid Waste Division has awarded a contract for multiple collection events at the Molokai Metals Facility (MMF).

The Molokai landfill's metal facility will be accepting metal goods from Nov. 16 to Dec. 11.


The first event begins Tuesday, Nov. 16. Metals and related materials will be collected, processed and recycled, including junk and abandoned vehicles, motorcycles, appliances, propane tanks, vehicle tires and batteries, ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metals, and miscellaneous metal items such as roofing, gutters, tubs, sinks, faucets, pipes, metal furniture, bicycles, mowers, engine parts, tools, fencing.

We appreciate the patience of the Molokai community as we worked to put in place a viable option to help preserve the longevity of the islands landfill and give residents a way to safely dispose of metals that can be recycled, Mayor Tavares said.

The Molokai Metals Facility is located within the Molokai-Naiwa Landfill, off Maunaloa Highway between mile markers 3 and 4. The MMF will accept materials from Tuesday, Nov. 16 through Saturday, Dec. 11 during regular landfill hours, Tuesday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All metals items must be brought in during the collection event; at the end of this collection event, metals will not be accepted at the landfill until the next collection event is held. The next collection event is expected to take place in the spring of 2011.

The public is asked to separate the metal items from other recyclables and waste materials, stop at the landfill scale house, then proceed to MMF. Wait to be checked in by the MMF staff and then sign for the items delivered. All items must be delivered directly to the MMF staff. These materials may not be dropped off at the scale house, recycling center, or landfill face.

Vehicle owners must complete and file a Vehicle Junking form with the Division of Motor Vehicles & Licensing (DMVL) office, and complete and submit a Vehicle Acceptance form at the MMF to scrap a vehicle.

Similar to the landfill procedures, materials from residents’ homes (non-commercial sources) will be accepted by the MMF at no charge to residents. All materials from commercial sources, such as businesses, agencies, and organizations, will be charged a fee as determined by the MMF contractor. The $200,625 contract for the collection event program was awarded to Kitagawa Towing & Metal Recycling.

Community Work Day Program (CWD) will be on Molokai from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 clearing metal-related dumpsites around the island. CWD will also be assisting elderly and disabled residents in getting their items to the MMF for recycling. Call CWD to report areas containing dumped items, or to request assistance, at 877-2524.

For more information, call 270-6102; callers on Molokai may dial toll-free: 1-800- 272-0117 and request extension 6102.

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One Response

  1. After all this time, Tavares et.al. should be ashamed at such a pitiful offering. They have forced us to illegally dump on our own properties or other locations while they fiddled around trying to find a contractor. Amazing that no plan B was or is in place…they don’t even know for sure when (or if) there will be a follow up “window” in the spring. Amazing that despite state, federal and county laws regarding illegal dumping, Maui left us with no alternatives for over a year. This kind of pitiful performance is why Tavares only got one term and Mateo is lucky to have the ignorant voters of Maui supporting him.

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