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Mayor imposes trash shipping deadline

Mufi Hannemann, Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, Honolulu Mayor
Todd Apo, Council Chair Todd Apo, Council Chair

By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's looking more like trash shipping will be a wasted opportunity.  If Hawaiian Waste Systems doesn't show the city it can take the trash out the contract is done. 

The only thing piled higher than the garbage is frustration.  After a nearly nine month delay Hawaiian Waste Systems has one more day to prove to the city it can ship the trash.

"This is a firm position by the city. I personally communicated that last week on July 9 and we said you have one week to bring those documents in," said Mufi Hannemann, Honolulu Mayor.

That week is up Friday, July 16.  Mayor Hannemann wants to see the company's operational documents that show Hawaiian Waste can actually ship, unload and dispose of the rubbish.

"But if we don't get that tomorrow we're prepared to take measures to ensure that basically we sort of end this agreement if you will," said Hannemann.

The mayor says the issue has been one problem after another and still no garbage has moved and it's starting to sound like he's saying I told you so.

"Let me be clear Council Chair Todd Apo it was always his idea to force this upon the city and in the interest of collaboration because this way his hot button issue we tried to make it work," said Hannemann. "We'd rather do other things.  We tried to make Apo's idea work because there seemed to be a way to do it but when you have a problem with a group like Hawaiian Waste Systems that doesn't live up to what they said they are going to do it makes it very problematic."

"I certainly hope he is not placing blame on me but I will say I was a big supporter of this.  I was pushing this idea. I've been out looking for alternatives to land filling waste I'm not going to shy away from that and will admit to that, and yes we did get push back from the department but again it was an option we needed to look at. If it's not going to work it's not going to work but let's be sure we've taken the chance and the opportunity to see whether it will work before we cut it off prematurely," said Todd Apo, Honolulu City Council Chair. "Why we're at the point of putting in this kind of deadline I just don't know."

There is a contract in place that doesn't expire until September 28 so it's unclear how the city can end it midyear or if there would be any penalties.  We're told they'll work it out if Hawaiian Waste doesn't meet Friday's deadline.

As to Hawaiian Waste's plans, we called the company's president but he didn't return our calls.

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