A new report concludes that the Waimanalo Gulch Landfill on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, may only have 20 years of space left.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, however, says he is against building a new landfill and instead is emphasizing a strategy of diverting waste in order to extend the current landfill’s lifespan.
KITV has the report:
According to an assessment of the City and County of Honolulu's waste management system, there is enough room at the Waimanalo Gulch Landfill to accept waste until 2038.
"This administration is not in support of locating a landfill anywhere other than where it is," said Mayor Caldwell.
The assessment was prepared by R.M. Towill Corporation and SMS Research Services in Honolulu.
According to the report, the top five locations recommended for a new landfill are-- Upland Nanakuli, Ameron Quarry, Kapa'a Quarry Road, Kaneohe near the H-3 Highway, and Kea'au.
"With the existing landfill, we have ample capacity, so there shouldn't be a need to site another landfill," said Lori Kahikina, Director of the Department of Environmental Services.
Officials with the City and County of Honolulu say there's been a steady decline in the amount of waste going into the landfill, and they hope to make it a thing of the past.