Community involvement has been a mainstay at Matson throughout our 125-year history. In Hawaii, Matson has earned its reputation as a ‘kamaaina’ company.
On the corporate level, Matson, in conjunction with our parent company, Alexander & Baldwin, Inc., has made it a priority to give most of our charitable contributions to organizations representing the communities with which it is most closely tied: the islands of Hawaii. Nearly nine out of 10 charitable dollars remain in the state. Equally important, Matson prides itself as being a company that is recognized as environmentally concerned. At sea, we have led the maritime industry with our “Zero Solid Waste Discharge” program, which was developed with the Center for Mar ine Conservation (now known as the Ocean Conservancy) and has reduced the waste disposed of at sea to food scraps, with all other waste materials recycled or disposed of carefully at shoreside facilities.
Matson’s environmental, community relations program is designed to further underscore our commitment to both Hawaii’s communities and environment. With this program, Matson will donate the use of container equipment on Oahu, Maui, the Big Island and Kauai for environmental cleanup projects arranged by non-profit organizations.
Matson will pay for the trucking expenses incurred in the delivery and pickup of the containers. In addition, Matson will make a $1,000 cash contribution to each of the non-profits that successfully complete a cleanup initiative. Matson personnel in each of our Hawaii offices will work directly with the non-profits to ensure all arrangements are made in the time frame requested.
It is our hope that this new program will encourage and facilitate more non-profit groups to organize cleanup efforts throughout the state. It is in all of our interests to make every effort to preserve Hawaii’s natural beauty, not only for those who live here, but also for those who travel from all over the world to marvel at the Islands’ unique and spectacular environment.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
HOW SHOULD ARRANGEMENTS BE MADE?
The non-profit group should call its local Matson contact (listed below) and request an information packet. Upon receipt of the packet, the cleanup coordinator should fill out and mail in the appropriate forms, and at least two weeks before the planned cleanup, call the local Matson contact to reserve a container.
WHEN DOES THE CONTAINER HAVE TO BE RETURNED?
A group may use the container for as long as three days. The group will schedule drop off and pick up of the container with its local Matson contact at least two weeks before the cleanup.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR DISPOSING OF THE MATERIALS COLLECTED IN THE CLEANUP?
Prior to scheduling the container with Matson, the non-profit group will make arrangements with a waste facility to dispose of trash. A representative or representatives from the group will be responsible for disposing the bagged trash and Matson will pay for any disposal expenses incurred.
HOW DO I FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION?
For more details, the non-profit group should call its local Matson contact to request an information packet, which details the program, including requirements and restrictions.
WHAT NEEDS TO BE COMPLETED IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE $1,000 DONATION?
Upon completion of the organized cleanup, disposal of the waste at a disposal facility and return of the container in good condition to Matson, a check for $1,000 will be sent to the organization.
Keahi Birch, 848-1252 or
Cliff Mattos , 848-1263
Matson Navigation Company
1411 Sand Island Parkway