The Central Maui Landfill and Olowalu Recycling & Refuse Convenience Center were both reopened Tuesday, allowing County work crews to resume picking up residential trash routes.
The public is advised that delays are expected as refuse collection staff catch up on Monday's missed trash pickups and most of Tuesday's trash. Any missed routes will be picked up tomorrow, Wednesday.
The Central Maui Landfill was closed Sunday after a fire at the EKO Compost facility near the landfill was reported at 2:30 p.m.,involving a two-acre, 30-foot-high compost pile in various stages of decomposition. Landfill workers, Maui fire fighters, Public Works crews and State airport fire fighters all responded to bring flames under control. The Olowalu Recycling & Refuse Convenience Center was also closed on Sunday, after the landfill closure caused the convenience center to fill to capacity.
Today the Maui County Department of Fire and Public Safety said there were a few hot spots remaining in the compost pile as of this morning, that were being extinguished by EKO Compost personnel. Fire fighters reported the fire 95 percent contained as of 7 p.m. Monday.
Two businesses suffered damage because of the compost fire. Maui EKO Systems reported losing one grinder and two tractor trailers worth an estimated $300,000 to $500,000. Pacific Biodiesel said they lost two trailers and two 20-foot tanks valued at $60,000.
The first runner to cross the finish line of the 2013 Honolulu Marathon was Gilbert Chepkwony who finished in 2:18:47.
Dry weather conditions made for a great day as thousands of runners participated in the 41st Annual Honolulu Marathon. Those who ran inspired others to participate next year-- while those who cheered from the sidelines helped motivate them to keep running.
It's the holiday season and that means parties, fun and for some, drinking. However, police are on the lookout for drunk drivers. One family offered a reminder on Sunday, why it's important to not drink and drive.