Beginning August 1, South Hilo Sanitary Landfill in Hilo, Hawaii, will no longer accept construction and demolition debris or grading and grubbing materials. Instead, the materials must be brought to West Hilo Sanitary Landfill.
This change is due to the fact that the South Hilo Sanitary Landfill is nearing its capacity. The West Hilo Sanitary Landfill, however, still has a projected life of 100 to 150 years.
Hawaii Tribune-Herald has more information:
Effective Aug. 1, the county will no longer accept construction and demolition debris or grading and grubbing materials at the South Hilo Sanitary Landfill, the Department of Environmental Management announced Wednesday.
Construction and demolition debris, also known as “C&D debris,” includes “special waste” such as concrete, rock, brick, wood, masonry, plaster and other similar materials. That debris must be hauled to the West Hawaii Sanitary Landfill (also known as Puuanahulu) located at 71-1111 Queen Kaahumanu Highway in Waikoloa.
“We have no more room under our permit at Hilo. We had been anticipating the closure for a year, although some folks would say we’ve been talking about closing it for 20 years,” said Bill Kucharski, the county’s Environmental Management director. “We’re at the end of the life of the landfill.”
Closure of the landfill, located next to Hilo International Airport, has been the subject of discussion for decades.