The Hawaii County Planning Department has approved a waste-to-energy plant to be built in Waikoloa. The department found no significant environmental impact from the proposed facility.
BioEnergy Hawaii LLC plans to lease land to build a waste separation and anaerobic digestion facility. It will produce methane and other gasses. The methane will power garbage trucks currently run by Pacific Waste Inc.
The project has been in the works for a while. Last summer, the company announced its plans to build the $50 million facility.
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“We’re going to build a state of the art facility, and we know what we’re doing,” said Guy Kaniho, BioEnergy Hawaii general manager. “We know when we pick up the trash, we’ll be able to process it.”
The plant is expected to be open in the summer of 2019.
The 200-tonne-per-day facility could divert as much as 70% of its municipal solid waste from the West Hawaii landfill at Puuanahulu, sending 30% to the landfill as residual waste. It could be expanded to 400 tonnes per day, under the plan.