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Big Island councilors oppose mayor's composting plan

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HILO, Hawaii (AP) - The Hawaii County Council and Mayor Harry Kim remain at odds over the canceling of a contract related to the organic waste diversion program on the Big Island.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the county's agreement with Hawaiian Earth Recycling covers both mulching operations and construction of a $10 million composting facility.

Kim cited costs in his decision earlier this year to cancel the contract by June 30.

But the county council voted last week against a resolution allowing for a new mulching contract after the current agreement expires.

Puna Councilwoman Eileen O'Hara says councilors believe the county should instead pursue amendments to the contract to avoid potential litigation and disruption to mulching services.

Kim says he doesn't agree with the contract but is open to hearing ideas that will ensure mulching services continue uninterrupted.

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