Environmental Protection & Sustainability
EP&S was established in 2016 within the Department of Environmental Management to guide and fund environmental initiatives around natural resource protection, sustainability, conservation, and restoration. The Division fosters partnerships with government agencies and community leaders to enforce environmental legislation and support innovative programming, community-based initiatives, and public education. EP&S is committed to building a sustainable community with Mālama ʻĀina as its guiding principle.
EP&S houses the following sections:
The Recycling Section focuses on a range of landfill diversion and Zero Waste services and programming such as Recycling Drop Box Centers, Plastic Free Maui County, BYO Bag, and HI5 for redeemable beverage containers.
The section also runs the Recycling Grants Program and the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event.
- Abandoned Vehicles, Metals, & Litter Control (AVM)
AVM focuses on landfill diversion programming on the islands of Maui, Moloka‘i and Lānaʻi through its Abandoned Vehicles and Junk Vehicle Disposal Program. AVM also manages the Lānaʻi and Hana Metals Recycling Event.
- Environmental Programming
The newly established Environmental Programming Section focuses on a wider set of environmental issues facing Maui County. EPS is developing initiatives such as Mineral Only Sunscreen Maui County and the Green Grants Program.
News & Events
Haiku HI-5 Redemption Center Temporarily Closed; County Recycling Dropboxes Are Still Open
Due to staffing shortages, the privately-operated HI-5 Redemption Center at the Haiku Recycling Center is temporarily closed (as of October 11, 2022). Other HI-5 Redemption at other locations, including Makawao, UHMC, and Kihei, may also be subject to unscheduled temporary closures due to unforeseen labor issues.
Please call Aloha Recycling at (808) 871-8544 for up-to-date information on the status of operations at their HI-5 redemption sites.
County Recycling Centers for recycling of cardboard, newspaper, glass bottles and jars, aluminum and bi-metal cans, and #1 and #2 bottles are still open daily 7AM - 7PM in Haiku, Makawao, UHMC, Kihei, Hana, Olowalu, Lahainaluna Road (smokestack), Central Maui Landfill, and Molokai Naiwa Landfill.
Residential Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event
The annual County of Maui Residential Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event will be held at a Central Maui location on a Sunday in March 2023. Appointments will be required. Please check back in December 2022 for an official announcement of the date and more information about how to participate. Mahalo.
Maui Ocean Center Supports New Bill Passed in Maui County
Maui Ocean Center and EP&S discuss Maui County’s new Mineral Only sunscreen law with Living808’s Mikey Monis:
Disposable bodyboard ban goes into effect August 9, 2022
A new law banning the sale, rental, or distribution of polystyrene bodyboards goes into effect August 9, 2022.
New report from KITV-4 on Maui County's upcoming Mineral Only sunscreen law:
E-Cycling Maui is moving
Pay Abandoned Vehicle Expenses Online
New! You can now pay the outstanding balance from an Abandoned Vehicles “Demand for Payment” letter online. Pay fees for abandoned vehicles taken into custody and disposed of by the County of Maui.
FY2023 Recycling Grants Program
Recycling Grant Application: Round 1 is now available
Maui County Earth Day!
- Maui County launches ‘BYO!’ campaign for Earth Day
Get a free BYO! Utensil Kit with every new purchase of a huiZero reusable meal container at participating restaurants.
Latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report Released:
- Safeguarding and strengthening nature is key to securing a liveable future.