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(Sat., Jan. 29, 2011)---Mayor Peter Carlisle announced today that city crews began picking up backlogged bulky items in certain areas of Honolulu, including Waikiki.  City crews will continue to pick up backlogged bulky items throughout the weekend.


Also, critical waste items such as H-POWER residue, wastewater sludge and debris, as well as accumulated waste from refuse transfer stations, were delivered today to the Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill (WGSL), which reopened on a limited basis yesterday following repairs caused by an unprecedented storm. 


As of this morning, city crews delivered approximately 16 refuse truckloads (or 200 tons) of residue and five truckloads of wastewater sludge and debris to the WGSL.


Further, WGSL is expected to reopen to the public sometime next week after the operator of the landfill, Waste Management of Hawaii (WMH), makes more repairs.


“City workers will continue operations throughout the weekend, working as expeditiously and diligently as possible,” said Mayor Carlisle.  “We continue to ask for the public’s cooperation by not leaving bulky items curbside until the landfill gets up to full speed and the City resumes all levels of its integrated refuse collection system.  


Disposal of wastewater sludge may be mixed with bulky waste to maximize landfill space, which is the reason why limited bulky item pickup may begin now.  For several days, the City and state Department of Health (DOH) have also explored temporary storage options for backlogged bulky items.  DOH has only authorized the disposal of municipal solid waste at WGSL. 


WMH informed the City that it cannot provide immediate disposal of the backlogged bulky items until all repairs are completed, and then at a limited pace to ensure proper handling.


“If a temporary storage location was approved, the City could accelerate its bulky item pickup and relieve our neighborhoods of seeing these items on their streets,” said Tim Steinberger, director of the city’s Department of Environmental Services. 


The City was required to temporarily discontinue bulky item pickup because the WGSL was closed for repairs.


The City will continue to work closely with the Environmental Protection Agency, DOH and WMH to address bulky item pickup and remediation of the landfill. 

Regular pickup of the City’s gray bins and green waste and blue recycling containers has continued without interruption throughout Oahu even while the landfill was closed.