TREFS: Access Route Alternatives for the Proposed New Landfill and RRP

The County of Kaua‘i, Department of Public Works, Solid Waste Division is responsible for properly managing and disposing of municipal solid waste (MSW) on the island. Because the existing Kekaha Municipal Solid Waste Landfill (MSWLF) is projected to reach capacity in the coming years, a new landfill facility will be required to provide for safe and proper disposal of all forms of MSW that cannot practicably be further reused, recycled, or otherwise recovered. The County proposes to develop a new MSWLF and resource recovery park (RRP) north of Līhuʻe town, makai of Ma‘alo Road.

An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is being prepared to evaluate the environmental impacts of and alternatives to the proposed Municipal Solid Waste Landfill (MSWLF) and Resource Recovery Park (RRP) Project. As a result of early public scoping and outreach previously conducted, the public has indicated that the choice of access routes is an important consideration, due to potential impacts such as traffic, noise, and safety. Therefore, a Traffic and Roadways Engineering Feasibility Study (TREFS) is being conducted to analyze several feasible access route alternatives, identify public concerns, and assist in the decision-making process. For each access route, the TREFS analyzes traffic impacts, required improvements and related costs, and social impacts, including safety and nuisance concerns. The proposed access route will be further analyzed in the overall project EIS.

Figure 1 shows the proposed MSWLF site, the alternate RRP site, and the potential access routes analyzed in the TREFS. Each potential route consists of a “road” designated with a letter and a “driveway” designated with a number, as shown in Figure 1. Generally, the “driveways” are former cane haul (“dirt”) roads, and several of the “roads” are paved public roadways. The County has identified seven alternative access routes from Kūhiō Highway to the Project site:

  • Access Route A1 or A2: via Ma‘alo Road and Driveway 1 or 2
  • Access Route B1 or B2: via ‘Ehiku Street, Ma‘alo Road, and Driveway 1 or 2
  • Access Route C3: via Laulima Street and Driveway 3
  • Access Route D3: via Roberts Hawaii Driveway and Driveway 3
  • Access Route E3: via Kauaʻi Beach Drive and Driveway 3

These alternative access routes connect to Kūhiō Highway for regional access at one of the following five study intersections evaluated in this study:

  1. Ma‘alo Road / Kūhiō Highway (Route A)
  2. ‘Ehiku Street / Kūhiō Highway (Route B)
  3. Laulima Street / Kūhiō Highway (Route C)
  4. Roberts Hawaii Driveway / Kūhiō Highway (Route D)
  5. Kauaʻi Beach Drive / Kūhiō Highway (Route E)

Additionally, the Kapule Highway / Kūhiō Highway (signalized) intersection was evaluated, because it is a major intersection that could be affected by operation of nearby Routes D and E.

The Revised Draft TREFS report, which details the engineering analysis of the access routes, is being completed and is expected to be available on this website for public review on Friday, September 16, 2016.

A public informational meeting will be held to discuss the findings of the Revised Draft TREFS Report on Thursday, September 22, 2016, from 6 PM to 8 PM at the King Kaumuali‘i Elementary School, in Hanamā‘ulu, Kaua‘i.

Public Comments will be accepted until Monday, October 17, 2016, at either of the following addresses:

Attn: Kaua’i New Landfill/RRP Access Roads

1001 Bishop Street, Suite 1600

Honolulu, HI 96813


The PDF files linked below contain the Draft TREFS Report, Access Fact Sheet and Public Comment Sheet, and Ma'alo Landfill Wildlife Hazard Assessment.

PDF icon Revised Draft TREFS with Route E

PDF icon Revised Draft TREFS with Route E - Appendix B

PDF icon Access Fact and Public Comment Sheet      

PDF iconMa'alo Landfill Wildlife Hazard Assessment  


Following receipt of public feedback and upon completion of the TREFS, the County will choose the proposed access route, which will become part of the proposed Project to be analyzed in the EIS process.

Call the County Solid Waste Division with questions at 808-241-4837.

NOTE: Special accommodations and sign language interpreters and interpreters for non-English speaking persons are available upon request five (5) days prior to the meeting date. To request an accommodation please contact the County Solid Waste Division at 241-4837 or via email at afraley@kauai.gov.


EIS Preparation Notice

The existing Kekaha Municipal Solid Waste Landfill (MSWLF) is projected to reach capacity in the coming years. Therefore, a new landfill facility will be required thereafter to achieve the project objective of providing for the proper disposal of all forms of MSW that cannot practicably be further reused, recycled, or otherwise recovered. Additionally, the County is committed to maximizing waste diversion via waste reduction, reuse, and recycling. The proposed project includes construction and operation of a both new MSWLF and a Resource Recovery Park (RRP). Based on a preliminary analysis of potential impacts due to the landfill and RRP, the County has determined that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is required, and therefore this EIS Preparation Notice (EISPN) has been prepared.

The EISPN commits the County to conducting a State-of Hawaii Chapter 343 EIS, which includes several documents and opportunities for public comments and input. The Draft EISPN provides a general framework for the ongoing EIS process; indicates some of the special studies that will be conducted, including alternative analyses; potential impacts and a preliminary discussion of potential mitigation measures; and summarizes past project activities, including the Siting Study and the previous round of public comments and responses.  

PDF icon FEA-EISPN Kauaʻi LF-RRP

PDF icon Meeting Handout

Resource Recovery Park

In order to achieve its waste diversion goals, the County has identified a Resource Recovery Park (RRP) as a critical element of the County's solid waste management strategy. A RRP is a ‘one-stop service center’ that is intended to include a comprehensive and integrated set of waste management programs and facilities to support maximization of the diversion of waste from the landfill via reuse, recycling, and recovery. Providing a single centralized location where residential and commercial entities are able to conduct all of their recycling and waste diversion activities can provide a synergistic effect, and help promote reuse, recycling, and reduction of waste disposal, while simultaneously allowing the County to achieve cost savings through shared resources and economies of scale.

The Draft RRP Feasibility Study (FS) analyzes Kauai's current waste generation, recycling, reduction, and reuse strategies, and provides projections of future waste quantities. This data is then used to analyze a host of potential recycling, reduction, and reuse processes that can potentially be implemented at the RRP. Finally, the expected costs and benefits of each potential process is analyzed, and preliminary recommendations are made regarding which processes are appropriate for Kauai's RRP.

Public meetings were held on January 28 and 29 to present the findings of this Draft RRP FS to the public, and to solicit public comments and feedback on the Draft RRP FS. The RRP FS has been finalized to address the public concerns. A preliminary design of the proposed RRP will be prepared for input into the ongoing New Landfill/RRP Environmental Impact Statement.

 

PDF icon Final RRP Feasibility Study

PDF icon Presentation

PDF icon Draft RRP FS Meeting Handout

PDF icon Summary of Draft RRP FS Community Meetings

New Kauai Landfill Siting Study

In July 2012, AECOM Technical Services, Inc. (AECOM) of Honolulu (formerly Earth Tech, Inc.) prepared the current New Landfill Siting Study, with assistance from RM Towill Corporation. The study re-evaluates the suitability of the eight sites (Kumukumu is re-included following a change in the earlier development plans) using contemporary exclusionary criteria, generates preliminary engineering estimates and planning-level cost estimates, updates the MACLS results with a community criteria evaluation using improved scoring and ranking methodology, identifies other important decision factors for siting a new MSWLF, conducts an overall site comparison, and presents recommendations. This report updates all previous data and performs additional analyses to allow the County to choose a proposed location for the new landfill. This report includes the following subsections.

 TitleModified DateSizeDescription
Cover - Section 27/26/2012616.86 KB 
Section 3, Part I7/26/20124.64 MB 
Section 3, Part II7/26/20126.11 MB 
Section 4, Part I7/26/20126.79 MB 
Section 4, Part II7/26/20125.98 MB 
Sections 5 - 97/26/20124.35 MB 
Attachment A, Part I7/26/20122.26 MBSLCE Site Reconnaissance Photo Log
Attachment A, Part II7/26/20125.10 MBSLCE Site Reconnaissance Photo Log
Attachment B7/26/2012652.51 KBCommunity Criteria Evaluation Data Sheets

EIS Community Meetings 2012

Community Meetings
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a New Municipal Solid Waste Landfill
and Resource Recovery Park

 

In May of 2012, the County of Kauaʻi Department of Public Works, Solid Waste Division, hosted four community meetings to obtain public input and identify issues to be addressed in the upcoming Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a New Municipal Solid Waste Landfill and Resource Recovery Park.

 

During the meetings, activities performed to date were briefly summarized, the EIS process was explained, and comments were solicited from the public to identify specific environmental concerns for consideration in the EIS.

 

Community meetings, were held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the following dates, times, and locations:

  • Tuesday, May 22, 2012, King Kaumualiʻi Elementary, Hanamaʻulu, Kauai
  • Wednesday, May 23, 2012, Kekaha Neighborhood Center, Kekaha, Kauaʻi
  • Tuesday, May 29, 2012, Kīlauea Elementary School, Kīlauea, Kauaʻi
  • Wednesday, May 30, 2012, Kōloa Courthouse at Neighborhood Center, Koloa, Kauaʻi

 

A summary of the meeting is attached here, along with the presentation and a meeting handout.

 

 Summary of May 2012 New Landfill Community Meetings

PDF EIS Handout, June 2012

PDF EIS Presentation, June 2012

Mayor's Report 2009

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Supplemental Notes8/31/200942.97 KB1 page
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Volume 2 Appendix B, Tab 9, Figures B.2.4a-d8/31/20092.39 MB4 pages
Volume 2 Appendix B, Tab 108/31/20091.94 MB10 pages
Volume 2 Appendix B, Tab 11, Sections 1-38/31/200917.40 KB39 pages
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Volume 2 Appendix B, Tab 11, Section 98/31/20096.09 MB34 pages
Volume 2 Appendix B, Tab 11, Sections 10-128/31/20097.94 MB70 pages

Advisory Committee Meeting Agendas

April 21, 2009 Meeting Agenda - Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Mayor's Advisory Committee on Landfill Siting read more ...
March 17, 2009 Meeting Agenda - Monday, March 23, 2009
Mayor's Advisory Committee on Landfill Siting read more ...
December 16, 2008 Meeting Agenda - Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Mayor's Advisory Committee on Landfill Siting read more ...
October 7, 2008 Meeting Agenda - Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Mayor's Advisory Committee on Landfill Siting read more ...
September 16, 2008 Meeting Agenda - Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Mayor's Advisory Committee Landfill Siting read more ...
August 19, 2008 Meeting Agenda - Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Mayor's Advisory Committee Landfill Siting  read more ...
July 15, 2008 Meeting Agenda - Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Mayor's Advisory Committee Landfill Siting read more ...
June 17, 2008 Meeting Agenda - Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Mayor's Advisory Committee Landfill Siting read more ...
May 6, 2008 Meeting Agenda - Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Mayor's Advisory Committee Landfill Siting read more ...

Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes

February 1, 2010 Meeting Minutes - Thursday, April 8, 2010
Mayor's Advisory Landfill Committee Agenda 
April 21, 2009 Meeting Minutes - Thursday, April 30, 2009
Mayor's Advisory Committee on Landfill Siting read more ...
March 17, 2009 Meeting Minutes - Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Mayor's Advisory Committee on Landfill Siting read more ...
December 16, 2008 Meeting Minutes - Monday, March 23, 2009
Mayor's Advisory Committe on Landfill Siting read more ...
October 7, 2008 Meeting Minutes - Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Mayor's Advisory Committee on Landfill Siting read more ...
September 16, 2008 Meeting Minutes - Thursday, October 23, 2008
Mayor's Advisory Committee on Landfill Siting read more ...
August 19, 2008 Meeting Minutes - Thursday, October 23, 2008
Mayor's Advisory Committe on Landfill Siting read more ...
July 17, 2008 Meeting Minutes - Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Mayor's Advisory Committee on Landfill Siting  read more ...
June 17, 2008 Meeting Minutes - Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Mayor's Advisory Committee on Landfill Siting read more ...
May 6, 2008 Meeting Minutes - Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Mayor's Advisory Committee on Landfill Siting read more ...

Documents from Advisory Meetings

 TitleDescriptionSize 
Draft Evaluation Criteriafrom July 15, 2008 Advisory Committee Meeting20.24 KBDownload
Potential Landfill Sitesfrom June 17, 2008 meeting1.55 MBDownload
Public Message regarding Advisory Committeefrom May 16, 2008 meeting11.68 KBDownload
Sample Siting Criteria Worksheetfrom July 15, 2008 Advisory Committee Meeting21.92 KBDownload