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Posted on: October 27, 2020

Environmental Management Dept. asks public to follow best practices when handling solid waste

The Department of Environmental Management Solid Waste Division is reminding the public to observe best practices when disposing of solid waste during the COVID-19 pandemic.

These include double-bagging wastes from looking after sick people at home and maintaining a physical distance of at least 6 feet from solid waste personnel.

Essential trash collection service remains uninterrupted, and County of Maui landfills and the Olowalu transfer station continue staying open during normal operating hours.

The department asks the public to observe the following practices for the community’s safety and well-being:


  • All waste should be bagged before placing it into your trash cart or cans.
  • Securely tie-off trash bags, preferably double-bagging it. Try to get as much air out of your trash bags as possible prior to tying them off. This maximizes the amount of waste that can fit in trash cans.
  • Don’t overfill the County trash cart. Its lid must be fully closed. Overfilled carts spill, exposing workers and the community to possible injury and illness. Overfilled carts may not be picked up.
  • Don’t put out any trash beside your County trash cart – only trash in the cart will be picked up.
  • Wastes from residents looking after or cleaning up after sick people at home are asked to double bag wastes, properly tie off/securing each bag individually to prevent leaking.
  • Trash is to be put out on the street or sidewalk no sooner than 6 p.m. the evening before and no later than 5 a.m. on the scheduled day of pickup.
  • Trash cans or carts are to be removed from the street or sidewalk areas on all non-pickup days.


Thank you for following these practices to help keep our employees and our community safe.   Mahalo!

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