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Trash Talk Two

Second solid-waste forum presented the county’s most recent strategy for addressing Maui’s burgeoning “resources.”

November 21, 2013

A panel of experts provided new information about Maui County’s current plan to deal with solid waste “resources.” The message was clear on Tuesday, Oct. 22, when Dr....

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Nov-21-13 3:33 PM

This plan does not call for a goal of 85% recycling. The 85% number is the total proposed diversion. Based on what Mr. Sharma said at this panel event only about 20% would be recycled, about 15% would go to the landfill, about 25% would go to the anaerobic digester & about 25% would be converted into refuse derived fuel (RDF). It's unclear where the other 15% will go. The Mayor clearly intended for this to be a waste to energy facility, the original Anaergia proposal, that was chosen by the Mayor, only called for 10% recycling & 50% RDF. Not exactly a plan for recycling. And if the original Anaergia plan, accepted by the Mayor, was enacted the recycling rate for Maui would have been lowered from the current ~40% to ~35%. There's a serious trust issue here, especially when Mr. Ginoza claims this was never considered a waste to energy plant, when the accepted proposal called for burning 50% as RDF.

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