Where does Maui County recycling go?

FY23 Tracker decWhen you recycle, valuable resources are kept out of the landfill and made into new products. To make this process cost effective, Maui County Recycling Centers only collect high-value materials accepted on the global commodity market. Therefore, it is important to only put recyclable items in the collection bins. When you “wishcycle” or try to recycle items that are not accepted, those items need to be sorted out. It’s more important than ever to stick to the list, keep it clean, and reduce waste whenever possible.

Once collected, all recyclables are hauled to the MRF—or Material Recovery Facility—in Kahului, Maui to be sorted and baled. Due to limited infrastructure, most materials are shipped off-island for remanufacturing. 

As of December 2023, Maui County collected and shipped the following types and amounts.

Recyclable materialAmount (tons)Receiver
Cardboard1463.58Newport CH International, LLC  (Shanghai, China)
Green Hills International, LLC (Kaohsiung, China)
Genesis Resource Enterprise Inc. (Mountainside, NJ)
Glass  698.28Strategic Materials, Inc. (Oakland, California)
Aluminum & bi-metal cans    59.02Newport CH International, LLC (Shanghai, China & Busan, Korea)
Plastic (#1 & #2 bottles)  156.49Newport CH International, LLC (Shanghai, China)
Newspaper    55.99Newport CH International, LLC (Shanghai, China)
Green Hills International, LLC (Kaohsiung, China)