Teens-on-Call/Teen Force Super Recycle Program
Reduce – Reuse – Recycle has become a popular slogan for people aware of the growing need to reduce landfill deposits, while recycling Trash into Cash and other positive uses.
At the Maui Fair, Teens-on-Call students empty the colorful 55-gallon rubbish cans painted by other Maui school students with environmental messages, in collaboration with the Community Work Day Program. Recycle baskets are by each trashcan. “Our fairgoing families are very good about placing recyclables in the baskets,” says Ikaika Kaina, Teenforce program assistant. Teens-on-Call Super Recycle Program provides these services for other special events such as Wailuku First Friday, numerous cultural festivals, and a longtime visitor-industry recycling program whereby designated Teenforce adult supervisors “conduct ‘mining’ operations at selected dumpsters where very large amounts of recyclables end up from departing hotel visitors” according to recycle ‘guru’ Brian McCafferty. “We also ‘mine’ and clean up construction sites, harvesting good amounts of reusable lumber which are ‘de-nailed’ by students and reused in building projects at our Paia Vocational School and base yard site. “Our students are always paid a good educational stipend and are fed a good meal,” adds Keoki Raymond, Teenforce building trades trainer.
Mahalo to the Maui Fair Alliance for student Grounds Service opportunities and to the MCCC work line for coming to the fairgrounds each midnight to deep clean the site for the next day’s activities! Aloha!
Mahalo to Chairperson Brian McCafferty and his crew of teens!