Maui’s Tour de Trash Will Have You Thinking Greener

What's New — By keithdevey on March 24, 2011 at 3:56 am

If you have some spare time at your “disposal,” you might want to try the County of Maui’s Tour de Trash, presented by the Department of Environmental Management’s Solid Waste Division.

Even in paradise, there is trash to dispose or recycle. The Tour de Trash answers the question, “What happens to all that garbage?” It is an island, so where does it go?  Every third Wednesday through June, you can reserve a spot in this unique, free guided bus tour.

Only 29 participants can join each tour, which stops by Maui’s trashiest places. You’ll explore the Central Maui Landfill,  Hammerhead Metals Recycling, Pacific Biodiesel, Maui Eko Systems composting, Habitat for Humanity Restore, and Aloha Recycling. You’ll need closed-toed shoes, your water bottle, and a lunch (or the funds to buy it at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center), since Tour de Trash is an all-day event from 8 am -3:30 pm.

This popular tour is usually completely booked, so call (808) 270-7941 to reserve a spot well in advance.

Don’t worry, this tour is not nearly as stinky as you might think. Those who experience the full day come away with new admiration and understanding of how Maui deals with its opala (trash), therefore caring for the beaches and ocean that make Maui paradise.

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