WAILUKU – Mayor Alan M. Arakawa today executed an agreement with the Maui Resource Recovery Facility, LLC, to finance, design, construct, own, and operate a state-of-the-art resource recovery facility, which will divert approximately 85 percent of the County’s municipal solid waste from disposal in the Central Maui Landfill and result in the equivalent environmental benefit of taking 25,000 cars off the road. The facility is anticipated to be fully operational in 2017.
The signing took place earlier this week on live public television in Akaku studios, during the mayor’s monthly television talk show, “Your County with Mayor Alan Arakawa.”
“The County embarked on this project to foster creation of on-island renewable energy and land use sustainability,” Mayor Arakawa said.
“The Maui Resource Recovery Facility’s solution bolsters recycling efforts for the community and advances significant landfill diversion, while providing a considerable net environmental benefit, renewable fuels and long-term cost savings in the millions of dollars over the 20-year term of the agreement.”
In addition to dramatically increasing diversion of waste from the landfill, which was the primary goal of the County’s 2009 Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan, the facility will include a “recyclable materials recovery facility” to separate recyclable materials such as metals, glass, plastic, cardboard, and paper. The waste then will be further separated into digestible organic fraction and residual matter.
The organic fraction will go to a closed “anaerobic digester,” which will produce renewable natural gas and other marketable commodities. The residual matter will be processed into a clean solid fuel that can be used to replace imported coal. The facility’s power needs will be largely met by creating electricity using the landfill gas and renewable gas as a fuel source.
“We are very proud to have been selected as the partner for this project and look forward to working closely with the County to achieve their waste diversion goals,” said Arun Sharma, President of Anaergia Services, the developer of the Maui Resource Recovery Facility. “Once operational, this project will incorporate and integrate leading technologies for material recycle and renewable energy production, which will make Maui a beacon for environmental sustainability.”
Anaergia is a global leader in recovering value from waste for the municipal, industrial, and agriculture sectors worldwide and has included a team of Hawaii-based partner firms for development, construction and operation of Maui Resource Recovery Facility. The project will provide an estimated 150 construction jobs and up to 40 operations jobs, and has received significant support from the trades unions, members of the community and environmental organizations like Natural Resources Defense Council.
For more information, please contact Kyle Ginoza, Director of the Department of Environmental Management, or IWCEP contract administrator Mike Miyamoto, Deputy Director of the Department of Environmental Management at (808) 270-8230.