Big Island proposes Keaau site for composting facility

Big Island proposes Keaau site for composting facility
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HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Big Island officials say the new proposed site for a composting facility is away from housing and will cause less of a disruption on the community.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the $10.3 million facility has been proposed for a site at the upper end of the W.H. Shipman Business Park in Keaau.

The site was previously planned for a spot near to the Hilo landfill, eliciting objections from Panaewa residents because of the site's proximity to homes and agricultural lands.

The project aims to reduce the amount of organic waste dumped into landfills. Hawaii County officials say the facility is expected to compost at 28,000 tons per year and later increase to 35,000 tons.

The island plans to have the facility completed by July 2020.

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