Dump DéJà Vu

Adrienne LaFrance/Civil Beat

With the image of waves carrying syringes and vials of bodily fluids onto Leeward Oahu beaches still fresh in the minds of the public, a new task force is leading the way on determining what to do with Honolulu's trash.

The Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Landfill Site Selection met for the first time last week. The 12-member volunteer committee came together as part of the city’s promise to seek a new site, which was a condition outlined the last time the state granted an extension to the city for using Waimanalo Gulch.

Its work takes on new urgency as the Council meets Monday morning to review the embarrassing spill of stormwater that closed beaches and was a blow to the image of the island.

But the group’s duty is to complete an exercise that a similar task force finished less than a decade ago. The city even city hired the same consultant — R.M. Towill — to work with the new panel, and the same facilitator – Dee Dee Letts – to moderate its discussions.

Some of those who sat on the 2003 task force say it doesn’t make sense to have another committee repeat the work they recently conducted.

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