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HILO, Hawaii – With the required closure of the Hilo landfill looming, Hawaii County has officially started to move forward with its next plan for solid waste.
That third option was the subject of Mayor Billy Kenoi’s February 4th presentation to the Hawaii County Council Environmental Management Committee.
The Big Island has been through this before. In 2008, the council voted to reject a $125 million Wheelabrator waste-to-energy project, leaving the county with no plan for dealing with East Hawaii’s trash. The council will have final say in the current plan, as well.
The Kenoi administration has already issued the first phase request for proposals.
We will be covering various aspects of this proposal over the course of the next few weeks.
The official media release from the office of the mayor announcing the RFP release:
Mayor Billy Kenoi officially launched the drive to develop a clean, modern and efficient waste reduction technology for the County of Hawai‘i with the release of Stage 1 of the county’s request for proposals (RFP) on March 3.
The RFP process will allow the county to select a proven, economically viable and environmentally friendly process for managing solid waste from East Hawai‘i for at least the next 20 to 30 years, Mayor Kenoi said.
“For the past two decades this county engaged in study after study to determine the best way to cope with the required closure of the South Hilo Sanitary Landfill,” Mayor Kenoi said. “It is now time to act. We are inviting the best and brightest in the industry to submit their proposals for a state-of-the-art facility that will benefit our community, and allow us to transform our solid waste from a liability into an asset.”
The county will continue its commitment to recycling, including a program to provide mulch made from green waste for agricultural and other uses. In 2013 the county recycled more than 217 tons of materials per day, including metals, glass, plastics and green waste. The waste reduction project will not affect those efforts, Mayor Kenoi said.
The design-build-operate RFP calls for a facility that can accommodate about 300 tons of solid waste per day. The facility will be built near the existing county Sort Station, and will be privately financed. Stage 1 of the RFP will identify the most qualified teams and technologies for the project.
Mayor Kenoi briefed the Hawaii County Council Committee on Environmental Management on the county plan on Feb. 4, and briefed the county Environmental Management Commission on the project and process on Feb. 26.
Communications from potential vendors regarding the project must be directed to county Purchasing Agent Jeffrey Dansdill at firstname.lastname@example.org. Responses to Stage 1 of the RFP are due on April 15.Hawaii County media release – March 4, 2014