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Trash to be sent to mainland

June 20, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Honolulu will pay nearly $10 million per year to ship some of its trash to the mainland and extend the life of the state's largest dump.

Hawaiian Waste Systems' bid was the lowest of three companies competing for the job.

The three-year contract requires the firm to ship 2,050 tons of trash per week and up to 100,000 tons per year to a mainland landfill.

The amount that would be shipped is less than 6% of the 1.76 million tons of solid waste produced on Oahu each year.

By diverting the trash, Oahu's only municipal dump at Waimanalo Gulch Landfill could stay open longer and allow for the expansion of waste-to-energy technology.

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