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CITY MOVES TO SHIPPING AND WASTE-TO-ENERGY RECYCLING

 

            Mayor Mufi Hannemann announced today that the City & County of Honolulu will take steps to further improve its management of Oahu’s solid waste.

 

            First, the mayor said the city will add a third boiler facility at its H-POWER waste to energy recovery plant in Campbell Industrial Park.

 

            “I have said that my administration recognizes the need to reduce the amount of opala that goes to our landfill at Waimanalo Gulch.  Adding a third boiler at H-POWER is one of the best ways to help us achieve that goal and is certainly a form of energy recycling,” Hannemann said.

 

            Negotiations will be initiated with the current operator for this expansion, and the city is exploring innovative financing options.  The third boiler could be in place as early as 2011.

 

The City had solicited and received proposals for alternate waste to energy technologies.  None that was received included plasma arc or other gasification proposals and were upwards of $100 million more than adding the third boiler at H-POWER.  A new facility would not be completed as early as installation of a third boiler without incurring still greater expense.

 

Additionally, Mayor Hannemann said the city will invite companies to bid to ship 100,000 tons of Oahu’s trash off island.

 

            “Shipping some of our trash is a new option available to us, and one that I’ve said we would pursue if it made sense economically,” Hannemann said.  “To ship some of our opala while the third boiler is being built will allow us to once again reduce the amount that goes to the landfill and at the same time control the flow of trash.”

 

            The City’s plan is to award a shipping contract by the first of July. 

Friday, January 18, 2008

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