Solid waste management plan to review

LIHU’E – The latest draft of the County’s Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan, which outlines the goals and objectives of one of the county’s most pressing waste disposal issues, is now under review public.

The county is set to revise the plan every ten years. The fourth Kaua’i County 2021 ISWMP ​​project uses FY2019 data as a baseline for the next 10 years.

“The document contains a lot of important information in the opinion of the Solid Waste Division,” said Allison Fraley, solid waste management programs coordinator for the county public works department. “It describes all current solid waste management and diversion programs and provides recommended opportunities for improvement for these programs.”

Fraley, who also acts as the project manager for the integrated solid waste management plan update, said the final plan is expected to be presented to Kaua’i County Council at the end of the summer.

The current plan was adopted in 2009 and since then the county has adopted automated garbage collection in most areas of the island, a flat rate for garbage service, a pay-per-throw program, restrictions landfill and a plastic. -the law on the ban on bags.

The draft notes that funding was an issue and that recommended measures such as a centralized compost facility, a material recovery facility, and curbside green waste recycling and recycling programs have not been implemented. implemented.

The fourth project prioritizes the continuation and expansion of existing programs and working groups and recommends evaluation of program improvements, including feasibility studies and identification of funding sources for facilities. recycling and recovery of materials at the curb.

“We are pleased to see the issues with recyclables, curbside recycling and the material recovery facility (MRF); as well as organic matter and composting; and support for reduction at source; and other forms of landfill diversion, addressed in the plan, ”said Ruta Jordans of Zero Waste Kaua’i.

However, the group sees a problem with another feasibility study and the site selection of a new material recovery facility and a waste-to-energy study included in the 2022 budget yet to be approved by the county. , which begins July 1, 2021., for $ 300,000.

“We know how important it is right now to divert as much of the landfill as possible,” Jordans said. “Between the diversion of recyclables and organics, we could reduce the amount going to landfill by around 66% (based on the 2016 waste characterization). If we had other uses for construction and demolition debris, it would be almost 30% more. Unfortunately, there are no costs or actual implementation associated with C&D in the plan. “

By January 2021, the Kekaha landfill is expected to have less than 10 years of remaining capacity if a planned vertical expansion is concluded. However, more waste reduction and diversion programs will help, according to the bill released last week.

“Goal # 1 of the Kaua’i General Plan is to become a ‘sustainable island’,” said former mayor and city council member JoAnn Yukimura of Zero Waste Kaua’i. “Thus, the ISWMP ​​must be a sustainable plan, which means that it must provide a roadmap for the creation of a sustainable solid waste management system in the next 10 years.”

For that, Yukimura said, the county should use a more circular reduction, reuse, repair and recycling system.

“This means we have to take the items we now call the waste that currently fill our landfill and turn them into reusable or reconstituted products. In other words, waste is no longer waste, but a resource, ”Yukimura said.

Adopting a curbside recycling and materials recovery facility could alleviate some of the landfill load by diverting waste to areas where items such as glass, paper, cardboard or metals could be cleaned up and sold back to manufacturers, she said.

“All in all, we could remove about 75% of the waste that now goes to the landfill,” Yukimura said. “It will almost double the life of the landfill. So instead of six years left, we have maybe 10 years left in the landfill. “

The project is open for 60 days for public review, which ends July 19, and can be found at Comments can be sent to [email protected] A virtual public hearing will take place on June 17, at a time to be determined.


Sabrina bodon, public safety and government reporter, can be reached at 245-0441 or [email protected]

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