Waimanalo Gulch

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About 30 trucks roll down Farrington Highway on the west side of Oahu every day to dump waste at the City and County of Honolulu's only municipal landfill, Waimanalo Gulch. Now after 30 years, the State Land Use Commission has ordered the landfill to close its doors for good by 2028.

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Nearly five years ago, Hawaii Public Radio reported a series of stories about the state of garbage around the islands. This week and next, we’re going back for another look in a series we’re calling “Trashing the Islands.”

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The state Land Use Commission last week gave the City and County of Honolulu until March 2, 2028 to close Waimanalo Gulch Landfill when the panel approved a special use permit allowing the solid waste facility to operate for now.

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The State Land Use Commission voted to grant a special use permit allowing the City and County of Honolulu to continue operating Waimanalo Gulch Landfill at its current location, but only until March 2, 2028.

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The Hawaii Land Use Commission is taking up the issue of closing the Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill, Oahu's only municipal solid waste refuse dump.

Trashing Paradise: Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill

Mar 30, 2015
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In our continuing series, “Trashing Paradise,” we take a look at the only landfill on the island of O’ahu, home to 80% of the state’s population and vacation destination for more than 8 million visitors each year.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

You can find our entire "Trashing Paradise" series here.