Mayor Alan Arakawa announced recently the selection of Anaergia Services of Carlsbad, California, for Maui County's Integrated Waste Conversion and Energy Project (IWCEP) out of a field of 20 proposals received. The IWCEP is a consolidated effort in waste management to divert the waste generated by Maui's residents and businesses and instead use it to produce renewable fuels.
"We are looking at reducing waste in our landfill, cutting down the emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, producing a clean bio-fuel for industrial consumers as well as greatly expanding the recycling of materials in our community," said Mayor Arakawa. "If we succeed, we will have turned our trash into a treasured resource and kept our landfill from taking up more space on our beautiful island."
The basic principle behind the Anaergia proposal is to take Maui's various waste streams, including municipal solid waste, green waste, sewage sludge, fats, oils and grease, and landfill gas and produce two renewable fuels, namely refuse derived fuel (RDF) and liquefied natural gas, through mechanical treatment and anaerobic digestion methods. These two renewable fuels may be used for energy onsite or offsite locally in Hawai'i as a replacement to existing imported fossil fuels.
According to Environmental Management Director Kyle Ginoza, the Anaergia solution will result in an avoided emissions equivalent of taking 25,000 cars off the road through maximizing recycling, while minimizing emissions. In addition, the project is expected to divert roughly 85 percent of waste from the Central Maui Landfill and provide a significant number of construction jobs and full-time operations jobs.
The County Council and the public are asked to help provide feedback on the project, and a thorough environmental review will be conducted to carefully assess the project's impacts and benefits to Maui's sustainability.
For more information, contact Ginoza at 270-8230.