HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii County has approved more than $10 million for a new composting facility capable of turning green waste into salable compost for the public.
West Hawaii Today reports that the County Council approved the money for the organics processing facility Wednesday. The council will have one more vote on the funding before it's finalized.
As part of the project, the county is implementing green waste collection sites with plans for the waste to be transported to a receiving and mixing facility and then trucked to the planned compost facility in Hilo.
Residents will be able to purchase the compost at a price set by the contractor, Hawaiian Earth Recycling.
Work at the composting facility is expected to begin in July, with plans for it to be complete in 2018.