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LANDFILL REOPENS AND BULKY ITEM PICK UP TO RESUME

(Thur., Jan. 27, 2011)— Mayor Peter Carlisle announced today that the Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill (WGSL) has reopened to limited waste and the City plans to resume picking up bulky items as soon as possible. 

The landfill reopened at about noon for only critical backlogged City waste following repairs to damage caused by the unprecedented heavy rainfall last month.  The City is targeting reopening WGSL to the general public next week.

            Waste Management of Hawaii, operator of WGSL, received the required approvals to reopen the landfill for limited purposes from both the Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Health (DOH). 

“This incident has underscored how critical it is for our island to have a landfill,” said Mayor Carlisle.  “More than 60 percent of the island’s solid waste is now diverted from the landfill by recycling and alternative disposal facilities such as the H-Power garbage-to-energy plant. But certain types of waste still must be disposed of at the landfill.”

            During the storm-related crisis, the City continued all regular trash collections.  However, the City had to temporarily discontinue picking up bulky items because these items could only be placed in the landfill. 

            The City is seeking approval from DOH to store bulky items at PVT, a private landfill, for up to two weeks.  This would be a temporary solution as the stored bulky items will later be transported to WGSL.  

            In the meantime, Mayor Carlisle asks for the public’s cooperation to ensure the continued protection of public health and safety by not leaving bulky items curbside.  

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Media Contact:  Louise Kim McCoy, Mayor’s Office, 768-7798