Public Meetings Set on Solid Waste Plans

recycle hawaiiFrom the Mayors Office:

The Solid Waste Advisory Committee invites the public to comment on the draft County of Hawai`i Integrated Resources and Solid Waste Management Plan Update, The Path to Zero Waste (IRSWMP Update).

The IRSWMP Update is available for review at http://www.hawaii-county.com/env_mng/iswmp.htm.  A 60-day review period for the IRSWMP Update was begun on September 1, 2009, and all comments received by October 30, 2009, will receive full consideration.

This IRSWMP Update covers all aspects of waste management on the Big Island undertaken by the County of Hawai`i, including waste reduction, education, recycling, reuse, composting, collection, transfer, and disposal.  The IRSWMP Update outlines a number of potential changes to the County’s current system, including initiatives that move the County on a path toward zero waste by focusing on legislation and programs that treat waste as a resource. These include:

  • programs to divert organic materials from the County landfills;
  • implementing a proposed “pay-as-you-throw” system at County recycling and transfer stations where dropping off recyclable materials is free but garbage must be delivered using pre-purchased bags or tags;
  • rebuilding and providing improved services at recycling and transfer station facilities while managing system costs by reducing hours of operation per day, and reducing the days of operation per week at selected transfer stations;
  • proposed legislation that makes recycling certain types of waste materials mandatory for residents and businesses, and charging significantly higher tip fees at the landfill for loads that contain designated recyclables;
  • a strategy to provide for disposal of residual waste or substantially non-recyclable materials after the South Hilo Sanitary Landfill reaches its maximum disposal capacity;
  • Improved opportunities to divert household hazardous wastes and electronic wastes from County landfills and transfer stations.

There are several ways for the Public to provide input.  Written comments should be sent to:

Department of Environmental Management

Solid Waste Division

County of Hawai`i

25 Aupuni St.

Hilo, HI 96720

Attn:  IRSWMP Comments

An easy to complete on-line survey is available at:

http://www.hawaii-county.com/env_mng/iswmp.htm

The County will be holding two (2) public meetings where the IRSWMP Update will be presented in summary form and comments will be taken.  At the meetings, CH2M HILL, the consulting firm engaged by the County to prepare the IRSWMP Update, will present a summary of the recommendations in the IRSWMP Update and will be available to respond to your feedback.

Get involved and help shape the future of solid waste management on the Big Island!

The public meetings will be held at the following locations and times:

KONA:                       Tuesday, September 29, 2009

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Kona Outdoor Circle

76-6280 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua-Kona

HILO:                         Wednesday, September 30, 2009

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Aupuni Center Conference Room

101 Pauahi Street, Hilo

The meeting places are accessible to persons with disabilities.  To request an Auxiliary Aid or language translation, please call 961-8270 at least five (5) days prior to the meeting date.  Comments may be sent to the attention of Michael Dworsky at the Department of Environmental Management, 25 Aupuni Street, Hilo, Hawai`i 96720 or e-mailed to cohdem@co.hawaii.hi.us.

For more information call Mike Dworsky, Solid Waste Division Chief at 961-8515.

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