5 waste processing plans make county’s first cut

CIRA de CASTILLOTGI Staff Writer

LIHU’E — A committee evaluating proposals to divert solid waste from the

county landfill has reduced the field of bidders from 10 to five

finalists.

The companies have been notified and their names are expected to

be made public within a week.

Jean Camp, executive assistant to Mayor

Maryanne Kusaka who is facilitating the process, said the next step will be a

pair of public meetings, April 13 and 17, designed to acquaint the public with

the proposals.

Representatives of the five finalists have been invited to

outline their proposals at the meetings. Kusaka said the meetings are being

held to gain community input and support.

Camp, a chemical engineer, said

the county expects the new facility to be operational by 2004. The county will

award a 20-year contract to the successful bidder. Cost of the contract has not

been disclosed.

The county is looking for a company that can process 80

tons of municipal solid waste a day and may also accept 140 tons of commercial

waste each day.

The Kekaha Landfill is expected to reach capacity in three

or four years. Camp said the county hopes to have its new facility on line

within four years.

The county also has begun the process of selecting a

site for another landfill. This landfill may support whatever new municipal

solid waste technology is chosen. The size, location and cost of a new landfill

will depend on technology of the solid waste management facility.

The

county hopes to have its scrap metals (junk car) recycling facility in Puhi

open by mid-summer and is currently preparing a proposal for operation of the

facility.

Programs that deal with transfer station operations, source

reduction, recycling, composting and education are being addressed as part of

the county’s Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan.

“Getting the public to

buy into that plan,” Camp said, “is the area where we’re the weakest.”

All

of the emerging programs are important and can have a big impact on the

success of Kaua’i’s waste management plan, said Kusaka.

The island’s

Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan, was adopted by the County Council in

1994 and recently updated by the Mayor’s Solid Waste Task Force.

It

addresses general waste management policies along with specific recommendations

for waste stream assessment, source reduction, recycling and bioconversion,

marketing, materials procurement, landfilling, incineration, special waste,

household hazardous waste, facility capacity and future needs.

The plan is

the basis for the management of all Kaua’i’s solid waste.

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