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Plastic that can't be recycled a time-consuming contaminant
Monday, April 05, 2004 — Time: 11:50:44 PM EST

By MELISSA TANJI, Staff Writer

PUUNENE - Officials at Maui Disposal want to remind residents that there are some plastics that cannot be recycled in the county's recycling bins.

Greg Apa, executive vice president of Maui Disposal, said a large amount of "unrecyclable plastic" has been left lately in the county recycling drop boxes on Maui.
"We're getting too much plastic that cannot be recycled and (also) household trash," Apa said.

Plastic that can't be recycled includes hard items such as toys, outdoor furniture, styrofoam, deli trays or shrink wrap. While plastics without color such as milk jugs, laundry detergent bottles and soda bottles are acceptable.

Since July 1, 2001, Maui Disposal has been handling the materials in the county's recycling drop boxes on Maui. Now, there are six drop boxes on the island, one each at Makawao, Haiku, Kihei, Kahului, Waiehu and at the Central Maui landfill.

Apa said another will be added at Maui Community College around May 1.