Mayor Michael Victorino answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Question: Where can people dump their old mattresses or furniture on Maui? I see them once in a while on the street and in the most random places. You’d think people would know, but I’m pretty sure they just don’t care.
Answer: Good question! Our Department of Environmental Management is asked about this from time to time and I think it’s always good to remind residents of their options.
Our landfills do accept old mattresses and I strongly encourage residents to properly dispose of their unwanted beds, rather than leave them on the side of the road. We all have a personal responsibility to keep our environment clean and safe for generations.
Mattresses in good condition could possibly be given away or donated to shelters such as Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center. If you have chairs, couches or other furniture in very good condition, you could try calling Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity. They may accept your donated furniture, but only if it meets their standard for resale.
Mattresses in poor condition will need to be disposed of at the landfill. It should not be left out in the elements or dumped because it is against the law and can become a safety or fire hazard.
The Central Maui Landfill is open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday at Pulehu and Hansen roads. There is a $3 fee for residential waste drop-offs.
Landfills in Hana, Lanai and Molokai are open from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. These landfills are free of charge for residents.
The transfer station in Olowalu, is open 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and also is free of charge for residents.
For more information, please call the Solid Waste Division at (808) 270-7875.
Want to Ask the Mayor? Submit your Maui County related questions to Mayor Michael Victorino by email at [email protected], by phone at 270-7855 or by mail at 200 S. High St., ninth floor, Wailuku 96793. Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the “Ask theMayor” column; to request a personal response to a concern, email [email protected]