Hawaii Must Keep Honolulu Landfill Operational Longer

Date: August 8, 2002

Source: News Room

The Hawaii Department of Health has said it has no choice but to allow the Waimanalo Gulch Landfill near Honolulu to be filled above its legal capacity, concerning nearby residents. The landfill in Nanakuli is expected to reach legal capacity in the coming months. Honolulu city officials want to raise the legal height by 30 feet so they can buy some time and devise another disposal plan. City officials said the additional height will buy them another eight months. The state said the landfill was supposed to hold several more years worth of trash, and has not yet determined the reason for the sudden capacity shift.

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