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Food scraps to become fertilizer

Food waste such as fat trimmings and uneaten portions of meals will be recycled into fertilizer under a new project announced by the city.

The project would combine recycling of green waste, such as yard trimmings, with food waste and sewage sludge, using a process called "in-vessel conversion," to turn the material into a soil additive.

Mayor Mufi Hannemann announced Thursday the awarding of a contract to Hawaiian Earth Recycling LLC, which will build and operate a facility on private property on Wilikina Drive in Wahiawa.

Construction is expected to begin early next year and be completed in late 2012, the city said.

Hannemann said the plant would divert 20,000 tons of solid waste per year from the landfill.

 

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City contractors will close some lanes and intersections on Farrington Highway in Waipahu to perform soil sampling for the city’s rail transit project.

From 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. tomorrow through next Saturday, the work will be conducted along the highway median between Aniani Place and Leoku Street.

 

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