When is a landfill more than a landfill?
The PVT Integrated Solid Waste Management Facility is commonly referred to as a landfill. However, it’s also much more than that.
Today, burying debris in the landfill is the last resort for dealing with construction debris that cannot be reused or recycled. A new PVT recycling system that began operation in summer 2014 enables us to divert up to 80 percent of the debris that’s brought to the facility, so only about 20 percent actually ends up in the landfill.
PVT has adopted a best practices approach that affects virtually every aspect of landfill operations. The landfill itself reflects the latest in construction technology and state and federally mandated environmental safeguards. Beneath its surface are eight layers of high-density clay, plastic liner, geotextile, gravel, and soil ”a zone of materials more than five feet thick” to prevent leachate from escaping. (To watch a video about its construction, click here.)
More than $3.5 million has been spent on dust mitigation projects alone, including extensive landscaping. To ensure that these efforts are working, air quality is continuously monitored at the facility (it’s better than in many parts of town, according to the Hawaii State Department of Health).
PVT also moves aggressively to head off potential problems. When the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast more active than normal La Nina conditions in the eastern Pacific in 2010, it meant Hawaii could expect more rain than normal. PVT spent $300,000 to quickly upgrade its roads and storm water system, a critical safeguard during heavy weather. This enabled the company and the landfill to effectively deal with nine inches of rain that fell in a two-day period during the winter.
Every landfill has a lifespan. Recycling helps to extend it. However, at PVT the ability of the landfill to continue to meet the C&D needs of Oahu is not only a necessity but also a matter of timing.
The PVT recycling system is able to process up to 900 tons of feedstock per day. However, the gasification facility planned for Campbell Industrial Park that would burn the feedstock for energy production hasn’t been built and is still in the permitting process. For now, PVT is stockpiling feedstock in the landfill, where it can be easily reclaimed. Eventually, pressure will be applied to landfill capacity unless the feedstock begins to flow out of the facility as quickly as it flows in.
General Landfill Forms
Customers using landfill services must have a valid landfill account in good standing with PVT Land Company. Landfill hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The last load of the day must be on the scale by 3:00 p.m. All unloading must be completed by 3:15 p.m., no exceptions. Saturday hours are from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with last load on the scale at 1:00 p.m. and all unloading must be completed by 1:15 p.m. PVT will issue a clearance number before disposal can begin. Each load is required to have an authorized clearance number, without which disposal will not be allowed.
To Open a Landfill Account
- Fill out the Demolition Construction Waste Agreement form and fax it to 808-668-1368.
- On approval your account will be opened on a COD basis.
- Review the landfill Policies and Procedures and Prohibited Materials documents.
- Complete the Request for Clearance Number form and fax to 808-668-1368 when you are ready to use the landfill service.
- Approval of clearance number requires approximately seven to 10 days.
- Clearance numbers expire in six months. You must submit a new Request for Clearance Number form or a Clearance Number Extension form to access the landfill beyond the initial six-month period.
- Complete the Additional Services Agreement and fax it to 808-668-1368.
- If you are contracting with a transportation company to haul debris to the landfill, or wish to add additional haulers, you must submit a Transporter Authorization form that authorizes the transporter to charge to your account for debris brought to the landfill.
- Your driver/hauler should use this number to enter the landfill.
Homeowner and Noncommercial User Agreement
- Homeowners and noncommercial businesses must complete the Noncommercial User Agreement
- Call PVT at 668-4561 for information about accessing the facility