Food, green waste pro­cess­ing plant to be built in Wahi­awa

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A pro­cess­ing plant for “in­ves­sel con­ver­sion” will be built early next year in Wahi­awa to con­vert green waste, food waste and sewage sludge into a mar­ketable soil amend­ment.

Hawai­ian Earth Re­cy­cling LLC has won a city con­tract for the project, which will be lo­cated on 112 acres of va­cant land along Wi­lik­ina Drive.

Ac­cord­ing to city En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices Depart­ment spokesman Markus Owens, HER will fi­nance, de­sign, en­gi­neer, con­struct, test, op­er­ate and main­tain the fa­cil­ity for 10 years, and the city will pay it $118 per ton to cover the project costs.

The city made a con­di­tional award in mid July for the project, which is ex­pected to even­tu­ally keep 100,000 tons of waste per year out of the Waimanalo Gulch land­fill. Build­ing the plant will take about two years.

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