The County Council adopted Kauai's 2021 Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan Update on November 17, 2021.
BACKGROUND ON ISWMP PLANNING PROCESS:
The ISWMP represents a “roadmap” setting the County's vision for the future management of municipal solid waste. The planning goal was to develop a financially feasible plan for the residents and businesses of Kauai that maximizes waste diversion, ensures adequate disposal capacity, and protects the health of our island.
Several stakeholders contributed to drafting the update including: the County's consultant, JACOBS; County administration and Public Works staff; a Solid Waste Advisory Committee appointed by Mayor Derek Kawakami comprised of Kauai residents, business, and government representatives; as well as the general public. The planning process was complex, and included multiple Solid Waste Advisory Committee meetings, Council workshops, public meetings, and input from the State Department of Health.
The ISWMP provides information on current solid waste management practices, and also provides recommendations and associated costs for program improvements. Issues addressed in the ISWMP include: source reduction and reuse, recycling and bioconversion, special wastes, hazardous and electronic waste, public education and information, transfer stations and landfills, refuse collection, materials and marketing procurement, alternative technologies to landfill, landfill, facility siting strategies, and a solid waste system cost analysis.
If you have questions about the ISWMP, please contact Allison Fraley at 241-4837.