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Helping Molokai Get Firewise

Paniolo Hale News Release

As one of 15 communities across the State of Hawaii to be recognized as a certified NFPA Fire-wise USA Community, Paniolo Hale is partnering with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and State Farm ® in helping communities take steps toward safety with the national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day event on Saturday, May 1.

Preparedness Day encourages people and organizations to come together on a single day to take action to raise awareness and reduce wildfire risks. Individual and community actions remain a key component to reducing wildfire risk around homes and neighborhoods. In an effort to mitigate fire fuels for Molokai, the Division Manager of the County of Maui Department of Environmental Management Environmental Protection and Sustainability Division has helped Paniolo Hale to compile a list of items that the Molokai landfill will accept.

“As the first and only Firewise Community on Molokai, the Firewise Committee hopes that by sharing the event it will let other communities know that Paniolo Hale is being proactive to mitigate wildfires and hopefully inspire others to become Firewise communities,” said Erin Peyton from Paniolo Hale.

Accepted Landfill Waste: Commercial and residential waste, construction and demolition material, furniture, painted and treated pallets

Accepted at Recycle Center: HI-5 Beverage Containers, aluminum – empty and flatten, glass bottles and jars – clean, discard lids or corks, labels can stay, plastic bottles, #1 and #2 only, with necks – clean, discard lids, labels can stay, milk jugs, #2 only, newspaper, cardboard and paper bags – must be flattened and dry, electronics (TV, computers, monitors, printers), metal food cans, rinse clean, discard lids, labels can stay, used motor oil (2 gal Limit), paint exchange: latex and solvent based paint only in original container with label (5 gallons or less)

Accepted at Green Waste Operation: Branches, grass, plants, bushes, leaves, unpainted and treated pallets and stumps. All wood pieces must be 8 feet by 48 inches and under.

Accepted at Metals Operation: Vehicles, appliances, tires, fencing, wire cables, scrap metal, propane tanks, automotive batteries, air conditioners and microwaves.

The Paniolo Hale Firewise USA Committee would like to give special thanks to State Farm, NFPA, HWMO, Maui Department of Environmental Management and Solid Waste Division Compliance Specialist, Molokai Landfill, and The Molokai Dispatch for all your support.

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