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                              CITY MEETS WITH WASTE



(Fri., Jan. 14, 2011) The City and County of Honolulu and the Department of Environmental Services (ENV) met today with Waste Management of Hawaii (WM), the operator of the Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill (WGSL), to discuss issues resulting from a 100-year storm event earlier in the week and the temporary closure of Oahu's only municipal solid waste landfill.

            The WGSL has been closed for three days and expected to be closed till Jan. 22.  As a result of its closure, City Convenience Centers will be accepting only burnable household waste, along with green waste, tires, car batteries and appliances.  During the same time frame, residents are asked to set out only metal appliances for bulky item pick up and restore all other bulky waste back on their property until further notice.

"We are asking for the public's assistance in reducing those waste streams until further notice," said ENV Director Tim Steinberger, "and the City will continue to provide its normal refuse collection."

Meanwhile, the WGSL will remain closed until the accumulated stormwater is removed and the affected areas are able to resume operations.






Contact:  Markus Owens, ENV Public Communications Officer, 768-3454