20,000 tons of trash to be moved

Tim Steinberger
Tim Steinberger
Kevin Brenner
Kevin Brenner

By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

KAPOLEI (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's not setting sail but the trash meant for the mainland is finally on the move.  Crews started moving some of the 20,000 tons of garbage that's been wasting away in Campbell Industrial Park for exactly a year and a day.

Instead of going 2,800 miles to Washington the bales of rubbish will be broken up and delivered to the City's H-power plant right down the road from where it's been stored.  It's the beginning of the end for the city's waste shipping venture.

"I would say it's probably a pretty safe bet at this time that we won't be pursuing another shipping contract in the near future," said Tim Steinberger, Honolulu Environmental Services Department Director.

Shipping waste became an episode filled with delays and missed expectations.

"I think it's something we just want to take care of now and move on.  That's basically where we are," said Steinberger.

The Hawaiian Waste Systems facility will still be put to use.  After all the bales are removed the city will bring in more bulky waste so the company can shred it in order for it to burn at the H-Power plant, but that's a concern for some.

Fusion Werks Welding is right next door to Hawaiian Waste Systems.  They're used to sparks flying around but not bugs.

"It's just bad as your working they want to go into your nostrils or your mouth," said Kevin Brenner, Fusion Werks Welding Owner.

They've been at their Campbell Industrial Park location 15 years and say they never had a gnats and odor problem until Hawaiian Waste moved in.

"It was actually a blessing in disguise when it wasn't in operation then everything kind of normalized, it came back to how it was prior to the company setting up. Now I'm kind of leery I want to see what kind of waste product they're going to bring because that means the flies and the gnats and the stench of it. It's pretty bad," said Brenner.

They're hoping Hawaiian Waste Systems finds a way to keep the bugs and smells on their own property.

Hawaiian Waste can only take a limited amount of garbage to the H-Power plant everyday so it will take 20 weeks before all the trash is taken out.

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