Kealakehe will stay open for drop off
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii –A plan to privatize county green waste collection and disposal was given the OK at a lengthy County Council meeting on Wednesday.
A bid process will determine which private company will get the five year contract to run the operation out of the Hilo and Puuanahulu landfills. The company will have the rights to use or sell the compost created from the green waste.
Community concern arose when the news of the planned privatization hit the press, especially from the west side of the island. Kailua-Kona residents like Cheryl King were worried that they would have to truck their green waste all the way to Puuanahulu if the much closer Kealakehe transfer station stopped taking the organic refuse.
Councilman Dominic Yagong proposed an amendment that would keep the Kealakehe site open for drop off. The amendment, and the resolution, passed unanimously.