My BI Taxes pay for 2 landfills.
* Landfill serving East Side is unlined and poses the worst kind of environmental threats. Closing a landfill is expensive so its taken three decades for BI to just now prioritize the $20 million needed to close Hilo Landfill. 30 years of monitoring is included in the landfill closure plan due to start this summer. Residents will continue to cross our fingers about chemical sludges contaminating our groundwater and methane gases warming our oceans into perpetuity.
*Just under 100 acres was dedicated for the Hilo Landfill that opened in 1969. Hawaii State Solid Waste Coordinator described Hilo landfill management as typical to all landfills "Things have gone into landfills in the past, things we have no record of, because accurate records weren’t kept. Up until the late 1980s, maybe even the early 1990s, in some of the rural landfills, whole junk cars went into landfills, including batteries, gas tanks full of gas, crank cases full of oil. Up until the late 1980s, whole drums of chemicals went into those landfills.”
*At Hilo Landfill, we finally got a fence and made it so dump employees had to monitor for illegal dumping in 1994.
*Starting this July, our West Side Pu'uanahulu Landfill will increase the 130 trucks of discards it receives per day by accepting 8 more driven over from Hilo; that's 56 mighty machine dump trucks per week; 2920 per year driving over Saddle with East side discards.
*Environmental Management Director says the space remaining in the only future operating BI Landfill as "adequate." Somewhere "...between 50 to a hundred and fifty years at our current disposal rate."
And that's the plan. No plan after that. No plan for our grandkids just our kids.
How much you want to bet its a similar story for your municipality?
If you are like most Americans, you send Away almost 5 lbs of discards every day.
There is no Away. Away piles up. Away washes up plastic debris by the ton onto super remote 4WD access-only shorelines that were pristine 50 years ago. Continuing life like Away is suddenly going to appear is already killing people and changing animal species and changing surfing the way we knew it.
But there are options. There are even options being activated right now on BI that are supposed to go into effect July 2020. Options like composting that mitigates climate change. Options like upcycling that does the research and product development we so desperately need. Options like refusing, reusing, reclaiming, resisting that would really shake things up.
What's up with your landfill? Where is the Away closest to you? What are you going to do about it? Let's transform trash and tackle waste now so our grandkids won't have to.
Krista Joan says:
My mission is to teach, train, and testify in resistance to the white supremacy of my ancestors. My personal choices are political, powerful, and practical. Let's trash waste.