WAILUKU - Beginning July 1, Maui County landfill hours will be cut to accommodate a $1.7 million decrease in the county's landfill operations budget for the fiscal year that begins next month, the Department of Environmental Management announced.
"The county will need to reduce the operating hours of all county landfills in order to meet budget constraints," Mayor Charmaine Tavares said. "Constraints that include the removal of over $1 million from the Department of Environmental Management's landfill operations budget by the County Council."
Tavares said her administration is working with the United Public Workers Union "to address union employee concerns and reach an important formal agreement regarding union employee work schedules."
UPW Director Dayton Nakanelua was quoted in the county's announcement as saying that the union is "committed to find a way to make this work for the people of Maui County."
"The county's administration has made it clear that these fiscally challenging times will require all of us to collaborate together to find solutions we can all live with," he said.
The new landfill schedule includes a minimum of one weekend day open per week at each landfill.
The new landfill schedule is:
For more information, call 270-6153. To call toll-free from Molokai, the phone number is (800) 272-0117, and from Lanai, (800) 272-0125. Toll-free callers should request ext. 6153. For general landfill information, go online to www.mauicounty.gov/environmentalmanagement and click on "Solid Waste Management."