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County responds to recycling claims

This letter is in response to the letter to the editor “Why recycle when trash gets buried in landfills?” (July 23)

The letter includes some inaccurate information that should be corrected.

The claim that “China stopped buying our recyclables two years ago,” is untrue and misleading. While China implemented a “Green Sword” approach a few years ago, this means that China got stricter with contamination, not that it stopped accepting recyclables altogether.

The assertion that “even our beer and soda cans are being crushed into cubes and put into landfills” is false. All the materials accepted by our County Recycling Centers are indeed recycled. We require records from our contracted recycling processor that show us which certified companies are recycling our materials.

In light of calls for more transparency, the County Recycling Office has updated its website to report exactly where and how much of these materials are recycled monthly. We will continue to add more information over the coming months to showcase more of Maui County’s ongoing good work for landfill diversion and waste source reduction. Please refer to our website at www.mauicounty.gov/recycle or call our hotline at (808) 270-7880 to get the facts about how and what to recycle, and learn where our recycling really goes.

Tamara Farnsworth

County of Maui Environmental Protection & Sustainability Division Manager

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