The Waiehu Recycling Center will close indefinitely April 7 because of minimal usage and "frequent illegal dumping," the county Department of Environmental Management announced recently.
A temporary banner has been posted at the center. Later, a permanent sign will inform residents where to take their recyclable materials.
"The Waiehu drop box has historically been underutilized, and despite regular monitoring the site has been the victim of frequent dumping of items such as animal carcasses, used motor oil, batteries and appliances," Director Kyle Ginoza said. "These materials contaminate the environment when not properly disposed of or recycled, and cost tax dollars to clean up. It makes sense, both economically and environmentally, to ask the public to utilize one of the several other recycling centers in Central Maui."
Nearby residents can go to the Kahului Recycling & Redemption Center - fewer than 3 miles away from the Waiehu site - off Wahine Pio Street behind the University of Hawaii Maui College campus. The recycling center drop box is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, while the redemption center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
Residents also can bring recyclables to Maui Disposal's facility on Kanoa Street in Wailuku, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed noon to 12:30 p.m. for lunch) daily; and Aloha Recycling's redemption center open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 75 Amala Place.
For more information, including details on how to properly recycle motor oil, batteries and appliances, visit www.mauicounty.gov/recycle, or call 270-7880.