WEST OAHU - (HawaiiNewsNow) - The city released a consultant's report on Monday that includes new rankings for the 11 sites identified as possible alternatives to the Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill. Honolulu's mayor, however, hopes to avoid the need for a different landfill altogether.
"There is no way, no way as mayor would I allow another landfill to be located on the west side. They carry enough burden as it is with Waimanalo Gulch," said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.
Caldwell opposes opening a new landfill anywhere on Oahu.
"That is a great thing to hear actually because I wouldn't want to wish this on any other community as well," said state Sen. Maile Shimabukuro (D-Ko OIina, Nanakuli, Waianae).
"To shut down a landfill that we have today that has a lot of capacity, to locate it somewhere else on this island, start the process all over again to me seems like we're going in the wrong direction," said Caldwell.
"I think people will be disappointed to hear that it looks like it's going to be indefinitely in our community. However, if it is for emergencies only, that would be fantastic," said Shimabukuro.
Officials said the city needs to have a landfill since its permit requires a back-up system to be in place in case of an emergency or H-POWER maintenance.
The city must meet a quota of sending 800,000 tons of material each year to the company that operates H-POWER. The city ended up paying a total of nearly $1.3 million to Covanta in 2015 and 2016 for revenue lost from energy that wasn't created.