New program will allow county residents to junk one car per year for free

The Maui News – Maui County residents will be able to dispose of one vehicle per year for free under a new county abandoned vehicle program.

The Abandoned Vehicles Prevention – Junk Vehicle Disposal Assistance Program, which went into effect Wednesday, will allow for the free junking of a vehicle annually until funding is exhausted, the county Department of Environmental Management said in a news release.

Residents will be required to register their old vehicles as “permanently junked” and then deliver them to Hammerhead Metals Recycling, the permitted metals recycling facility in Puunene.

Participants will be asked to complete a short survey to monitor the success of the program. Owners will be required to present proper documents to participate in the program.

Eligibility for the program includes passenger vehicles, pickup trucks and vans up to 3 tons. They cannot have camper shells when junked. Vehicles may be turned in with fluids and may or may not be operational.

For complete eligibility requirements and forms, go to www.mauicounty.gov/avm (click on the “Junk Vehicle Disposal Assistance Program” link).

The Junk Vehicle Disposal Assistance Program is funded through the Highway Beautification and Abandoned Vehicles Fund, which is a portion of annual vehicle registration fees.

“We think that this program will help residents dispose of their junk cars safely and legally while decreasing the number of abandoned vehicles we see on the roads,” said Stewart Stant, director of the Department of Environmental Management. “This will be a good return on the investment of some of the registration fees that vehicle owners pay every year.”


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