In 2011 the Mayor banned plastic bags. It took a while but now I rarely see them flapping in the wind. The County does not provide home recycling pick up! I get to load up my car and drive two miles to walk around and try to find space in the containers in which to put my trash. NOT a good way for an island to operate, in my humble opinion.
Oregon is at the forefront for recycling ... almost everything is picked up (sorted) at your curb. I would think an island would be even more keen on lessening the amount of trash as there is so little room for landfill. But Maui accepts only cardboard, certain plastic containers, cans, glass and just started taking newspaper! (Maui does have a daily newspaper but it is $250/year so I get my local news online.) No junk mail. Last year the Mayor began closing some recycle centers. So far the one closest to me is still in operation.