Trash shipping firm answers mayor's ultimatum

Trash shipping firm answers mayor's ultimatum
Mufi Hannemann
Mufi Hannemann
Kirk Caldwell
Kirk Caldwell

By Jim Mendoza - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - "We want to know who we're dealing with," Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann said.

Hannemann's ultimatum to trash shipper Hawaiian Waste Systems produced the paperwork he wanted.

By telephone the company's President and CEO Mike Chutz told Hawaii News Now the documents were delivered.

"I was surprised and delighted that the mayor said he was personally interested in assembling all these documents and that's what we did," he said.

The city wanted assurances the trash shipper has arrangements to ship, unload and dispose of rubbish that's wrapped and waiting at its Campbell Industrial Park site.

"We've been asking for these documents going back nine months. We've been told they have them and when we have a meeting they don't produce them," city managing director Kirk Caldwell said.

"I'm not specifically aware of several requests over the last nine months," Chutz said. "We have continually provided documentation to the city regarding our ability to perform this task and we provided proper documentation to the USDA. As things have changed the documentation has had to change as well and we have been in ongoing good faith conversations with the city providing them those documents."

Chutz said the barge company will be Sause Bros. and Hawaiian Waste will choose a trucking company to move the trash when it reaches the mainland.

He said the documents should answer all of the mayor's questions.

"If there was a line that was out of place I'm sure that we could fix it. I don't anticipate there will be any problems whatsoever. We're working in good faith and hopefully everybody is working in good faith to protect everybody's interest," he said.

Late Friday afternoon Hannemann said the city will let Hawaiian Waste move ahead.

Chutz said a test shipment should be sent out in two weeks.

As to the mayor's challenge, he said his primary interest is the same as the city's -- get the waste off the island.

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