MAUI'S WASTE-TO-ENERGY PLAN -- A CASE OF ANAEROBIC INDIGESTION?


The County of Maui is now poised to make a comprehensive and long lasting change in the way we handle our solid waste resources. These resources, which include green waste from Maui homes, businesses, resorts and hotels; sewage sludge from our wastewater treatment plants; used cooking oil and other "fats, oils and greases"; all serve as the basis for production of value-added products by entrepreneurs here on Maui. Others, chiefly beverage containers eligible under the "HI5" program, provide recycling companies, individuals and community organizations with direct cash payments.

Now, if a plan initiated by the Arakawa administration is implemented, our entire waste stream will be diverted into a "waste to energy" program. The Arakawa administration claims that their plan will not cost Maui anything. Zero Waste Campaign Maui has many questions about this claim and plan. CLICK HERE to see why.

One major element in the Anaergia/County pending agreement is called "Put Or Pay". Most experts agree that a contract of this nature poses unacceptable risks for the County of Maui. Find out why here.

This proposed waste-to-energy plan has been the subject of several newspaper stories and analyses. Follow the links below which will lead you down this paper trail.

On March 27, 2013 Mayor Alan Arakawa announced plans to close recycling drop boxes and reduce the County"s 2013-14 recycling budget
On April 23, 2013 Maui County Director of Environmental Management wrote a "Viewpoint" published in the Maui News entitled "County Official Clarifies Reasons for Recycling Bin, Waste Energy Efforts"
On April 26, 2013 Anaergia Services Inc. and Maui County simultaneously published a press release entitled "Anaergia to Generate Renewable Fuel From Waste In Maui"
On July 1, 2013, MRG wrote a "Viewpoint" published in the Maui News entitled "Why Has The County Given Up On Recycling Goals?"
On September 15, 2013 the Maui News published a page 1 article entitled "Waste, energy plant proposal to come before council shortly."
On September 19, 2013 the Maui Weekly published a page 1 article entitled "Talkin' Trash."
On October, 15 2013 the Maui News published a page 1 article entitled
"County Council weighs options for isle waste"
On October, 25 2013 the Maui News published a page 1 article entitled "Recycling Plan Sought For Isle Energy Project"
On November 21,Maui Weekly published a page 1 story entitled "Trash Talk Two"
On November, 23 2013 the Maui News published a MRG "Viewpoint" entitled Waste To Energy Plan Has Changed"
On November, 30 2013 the Maui News published a "Viewpoint," written by Anaergia Services Inc. Preseident Arun Sharma entitled "Waste To Energy Plan Explained"
On December 3, 2013 the Maui News published a page 3 story entitled "Recycling companies worried about future with waste-to-energy change"
On January 11, 2014 the Maui News published a page 3 story entitled "Mayor Inks Contract For Waste-To-Energy Deal"
On September 6, 2014 the Maui News published a story entitled "Council Approves Measure, OKs Audit"
On November 25, 2014 the Maui News published a story entitled " County Decides To Can Recycling Project"
On January 13, 2015 the Maui News published a story entitled " Residents Want To Continue Recycling Plan"
On January 25, 2015 the Maui News published an Associated Press story entitled "Big Island Mayor Ends Incinerator Plans"
On February 3, 2015 the Maui News published a story entitled "3 Can Plan Banned"
On February 6, 2015 the Maui News published a story entitled "South Maui residents will get to keep their recycling bins"
On February 9, 2015 the Maui News published a story entitled "Anaergia finalizing renewable fuel buyers"
On February 17, 2015 Pacific Business News published a story entitled "Maui Renewable Energy Project Put On Hold"
On February 21, Ililani Media/Henry Curtis published a story, including a document from Doug McLeod, former County of Maui Energy Commissionsr, entitled "Are Anaergia's Maui Plans in Trouble?" "Maui Renewable Energy Project Put On Hold"
Zero Waste Campaign Response To Anaergia Viewpoint, Maui News March 13, 2015
On March 18, 2015 the Maui News published a story entitled "Waste to energy idea laudable, but Anaergia plan not sustainable"
On March 22, 2015 the Maui News published a Viewpoint, authored by Karl Bossert of Anaergia, entitled "Anaergia says landfill, energy crop projects workable, nature friendly">
On March 24, 2015 Zero Waste Campaign Maui published a response to the Viewpoint, authored by Karl Bossert of Anaergia, entitled "A Failure To Communicate."
"County of Maui 'surveying' residents ion 3-Can curbside recycling -- Maui Time Weekly, April 21, 2015
"3 Can Plan Costs Increase" -- Maui News, April 28, 2015
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