Oahu, Hawaii is likely to move forward with plans to ship 106,600 tons of its waste per year to a landfill in Washington State now that the city has approved a contract with Seattle, WA-based Hawaiian Waste Systems (HWS).
The company, which offered the lowest bid, will be paid $99 per ton to ship waste across the ocean for disposal at the Roosevelt Regional Landfill in Roosevelt, WA which is owned by Republic Services (formerly Allied Waste, and before that, Rebanco). The city currently spends $30 per ton to dump trash at the Waimanalo Gulch Landfill, which is running out of room. Two other bidding companies’ protests were rejected, although they may still appeal.
HWS plans to accept waste at its “Wrapping Facility” where it will be weighed, compacted to a density of 1800 lbs per cy, and wrapped in an air-tight film. It will then be trucked to a barge harbor and loaded onto flat-deck barges capable carrying between 8,000 and 10,000 tons loads.
Source: News Room