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Maui Mayor Alan M. Arakawa 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. The facility is anticipated to be fully operational in 2017.

In addition to dramatically increasing diversion, the facility will include a “recyclable materials recovery facility” to separate recyclable materials. 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.

Anaergia specializes 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 National Resources Defense Council.

Published in the March 2014 Edition of American Recycler News