Maui County proposes Molokai landfill expansion as capacity looms

WAILUKU, Maui — Maui County is proposing to expand the Molokai landfill as capacity is expected to be reached in 2020.

The county is considering adding two new disposal sites and relocating the existing green waste facility to a new site on the property.

The Molokai Integrated Solid Waste Management Facility is located on a 38-acre patch of land. Four disposal sites have been opened on the property since 1993. They’re expected to reach full capacity by mid-2020.

The expansion project would cost an estimated $6.5 million. The county Department of Environmental Management would develop the first of the two new disposal sites in fiscal year 2019, with the second to follow in fiscal year 2024.

The improvements would allow the landfill to accommodate the island’s disposal needs through 2038.