The Maui News - Nine months after first selecting California-based company Anaergia Services to build a waste conversion facility near the Central Maui Landfill, Mayor Alan Arakawa signed a contract solidifying the deal last week.
"The county embarked on this project to foster creation of on-island renewable energy and land-use sustainability," Arakawa said in a news release. Anaergia'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."
Anaergia officials have reported that their $100 million, state-of-the-art Maui Resource Recovery Facility will be able to divert approximately 85 percent of the county's municipal solid waste from the Central Maui Landfill. Currently, only about 43 percent of the waste is diverted.
Maui EKO Compost, which has been diverting green waste from the county landfill for 18 years, has been in talks with Anaergia about how the two businesses may forge a partnership that would allow EKO to continue its operations.
Pacific Biodiesel, a partner and subcontractor of Maui EKO Compost, has also been wary of how Anaergia's project would affect its operations. The company has diverted fats, oils and grease from the county waste stream to produce biodiesel fuel for 17 years.
As of press time, Pacific Biodiesel officials declined to comment on the recently signed contract.