Solid Waste In Hawaii
Hawaii's residents and visitors create millions of tons of solid waste each year — 1.8 million tons on Oahu alone. The waste includes everything from yard clippings and leftover food to metals and plastics. While much of it can be recycled, composted, burned for energy or even shipped to the mainland, some still ends up in a handful of landfills across the state. Because space is limited and land is valuable, siting new landfills or expanding existing landfills can be extremely challenging.