Waste from Oahu and Honolulu to be Barged to Washington State

Date: August 26, 2009

Source: News Room

City of Honolulu officials have reached an agreement with Hawaiian Waste Systems (Seattle, WA) to ship waste to the mainland US while construction to expand the city's H-Power waste-to-energy plant progresses. Under the terms of the contract, 100,000 tons per year of municipal solid waste that would otherwise go to the city's Waimanalo Gulch Landfill will instead be shipped stateside. HWS is already shipping a similar amount from the Island of Oahu to the Roosevelt Regional Landfill in Washington State. The waste is weighed, compacted to a density of 1800 lbs per cubic yard, and wrapped in an air-tight film then trucked to a barge harbor and loaded onto flat-deck barges capable carrying between 8,000 and 10,000 ton loads. Because the city maintains flow control over its municipal waste, officials were concerned that integrity of the procurement process be maintained.

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