Shipping O'ahu's Waste to Mainland will Cost 33% More Than Expected

Date: June 19, 2008

Source: News Room

O'ahu's plan to ship a portion of its waste, 2,050 tons per week or up to 100,000 tons per year, to the mainland US for disposal is looking more expensive all the time. Three companies vying for the contract have submitted bids the lowest of which puts the cost at $9.9 million per year which is $2.5 million more than anticipated. Other bids came in at $18.4 million ($184.47 per ton) and $20.4 million ($204.21 per ton) respectively. Currently the city just pays $30 per ton to dump waste at its Waimanalo Gulch Landfill. The city is unfazed, according to City Councilman Todd K. Apo who said that despite the cost, "as long as the company meets the requirements, we should be ready to roll."

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