HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) announced Thursday that it is citing Hawaiian Waste Systems for storing bales of waste too long at their Kapolei facility and for storing waste at unpermitted locations. The company began storing bales of waste in October with the intention of shipping them to the mainland. So far none of the waste has been shipped.
The DOH imposed a fine of $40,400 and ordered the company to begin disposing of the waste. DOH regulations require that the trash be disposed of within 15 days or up to 45 days if there is a mechanical breakdown which hinders getting rid of the waste.
The DOH says that Hawaiian Waste Systems was storing wrapped bales of waste at a permitted facility in Kapolei. When that facility reached capacity, they began storing the trash at two other Kapolei locations, which did not have the proper permits. The company stopped accepting new waste in March.
The company has the right to contest the allegations and the orders from the DOH.
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