PVT accepts only C&D waste
The PVT landfill is a C&D landfill. That means it accepts only waste from construction and demolition projects. Waste materials include wood, plastic, metal, wire, concrete, roofing material, masonry, siding, asphalt, and dirt—the same materials that surround you in your home or office.
As Oahu’s only C&D landfill, PVT serves the needs of the City & County of Honolulu—the entire island of Oahu, Hawaii—a 597-square-mile area that is home to more than one million residents. The landfill has been in operation since 1985. PVT Land Company Ltd. assumed ownership and management responsibility in 1992.
PVT is a key component of Honolulu’s integrated solid waste management plan, which mandates the PVT landfill as the designated disposal point for all of the island’s C&D waste, which comes chiefly from major public works projects and residential construction in Honolulu’s urban core. We are also Oahu’s emergency management contractor for debris from natural disasters such as hurricanes and tsunami.
A Different Kind Of Landfill
The PVT landfill as originally designed was clay lined, which meets state and federal requirements for a C&D landfill. Under PVT management, landfill construction became state-of-the-art.
While not required by law, the PVT landfill is built to Municipal Solid Waste Facility (MSWF) or special waste specifications, which surpass state and federally mandated environmental safeguards for a C&D landfill.
Beneath the working face of the landfill are seven layers of high-density impermeable geosynthetic clay, a 60mm polyethylene liner, 16-ounce geotextile fabric, gravel, and soil—a protective zone more than five feet thick.
With up to 3,000 tons of C&D waste coming to the PVT facility every day, waste diversion is a major initiative. In 2014, PVT added a $4 million recycling system to its landfill operations. The system enables PVT to divert about 50 percent of waste from disposal at the landfill. The yearly output of materials that are recycled or reused also includes roughly 5,700 tons of reclaimed non-ferrous metals and 40,000 tons of concrete and rock, which are crushed for road cover.
PVT also engaged in a multi-year project to reclaim 4.5 million cubic yards of waste disposed of in the landfill from 1985 to 2003. The majority of this waste has been recycled or reused.