The county Department of Environmental Management said the $1.5 million facility includes a locked gate monitored by security, landscaping utilizing reclaimed water and solar-powered lights.
Located on Welakahao Road off Piilani Highway, the facility will have staff to redeem HI-5 beverage containers with drop-off bins for plastic bottles with necks, plastic bags, glass containers, aluminum cans, clean rinsed food cans, cardboard, paper bags and newspapers.
Center hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, with HI-5 redemption center hours set for Wednesday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The redemption center will close from 1 to 2 p.m. for lunch.
Costs were shared, 40 percent from state “Bottle Bill” funding and 60 percent from the county.
“This facility will be a flagship for our county, and probably for the state,” said Mayor Charmaine Tavares. “It is convenient and safe, and provides a much-needed service for our residents and visitors that will go a long way in caring for our environment.”
For information on recycling, visit www.mauicounty.gov/
recycle or call the Recycle Maui County hot line at 270-7880. On Lanai, call (800) 272-0125, ext. 7880, on Molokai: (800) 272-0117, ext. 7880.
Maui County Environmental Management Deputy Director Gregg Kresge assists Mayor Charmaine Tavares, who brought a load of newspapers for recycling Tuesday at the newly opened Kihei Recycling and Redemption Center.
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