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Hawaii County Lags on Landfill Closing Costs

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Hawaii’s Kekaha Landfill Phase II is projected to hit capacity in June 2027. The Kekaha Landfill Phase I opened in 1953 and closed in 1993. Phase II was initially vertically expanded in 1998 to about 60-feet above mean sea level. 

The county is required to estimate closure and post-closure care costs for the landfill, but it is behind on its savings. The estimated closing costs are about $26.2 million. The county has about $15.4 million saved and needs to make up about $10.9 million.   

The county is in the process of a vertical expansion that will add four more years to the landfill, which began in 2019. 

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