By Nina Wu
Maui Soda & Ice Works, best known as the producers of the popular line of Roselani Ice Cream, has taken a few steps to make its Wailuku operations greener. They've been making ice cream from scratch since 1932.
The company — working with University of Hawaii-Maui College students — set up recycling bins for mixed metals, mixed papers and miscellaneous recyclables plus invested in a cardboard and shrink wrap compactor which makes recyclable bales.
Maui Soda has reduced the amount of its trash going to the landfills by about three-quarters and lowered its trash bill.
"I think it is a win, win situation for everyone," said Brian Carvalho, who handles plant maintenance. "Recycling helps our environment and as a plus side you can also make a little bit of money."
The UH students will also analyze the Wailuku plant's lighting system to improve Maui Soda's overall energy efficiency.
Let's hope other companies will be inspired to recycle, if they haven't taken a few simple steps to do so yet.