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<br /> <br />Wil Okabe <br /> <br />Managing Director <br /> <br /> <br />Harry Kim <br />Mayor <br /> <br />Barbara J. Kossow <br /> Deputy Managing Director <br /> <br />County of Hawai‘i <br />Office of the Mayor <br />25 Aupuni Street, Suite 2603  Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720  (808) 961-8211  Fax (808) 961-6553 <br />KONA: 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy., Bldg. C  Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i 96740 <br />(808) 323-4444  Fax (808) 323-4440 <br /> <br /> <br />NEWS RELEASE <br /> <br />February 17, 2017 <br /> <br /> <br />HAWAI’I COUNTY TERMINATES COMPOSTING CONTRACT, SEEKS <br />ALTERNATIVES <br /> <br /> <br />Mayor Harry Kim on February 16, 2017 signed a termination of a composting <br />contract that was deemed disadvantageous to the County of Hawai’i. <br /> <br />The County informed the contractor, Hawaiian Earth Recycling, LLC (Hawaiian <br />Earth Recycling), that the Service Agreement for the Organics Diversion Program in <br />East Hawai‘i and West Hawai‘i with the County of Hawai‘i will be terminated as of <br />June 30, 2017. <br /> <br />The Mayor said that he had no issue with the performance of Hawaiian Earth <br />Recycling, and that he believes that composting is an important part of any waste <br />reduction program. He stressed the significant role that composting holds in the County <br />of Hawai’i. <br /> <br />“The two areas of concern were the financial commitments of the County, and <br />the limited nature of the contract regarding composting,” Mayor Kim said. <br /> <br />Hawaiian Earth Recycling will continue current operations until the official <br />termination date of June 30. All terms and conditions of the current contract will remain <br />in place until the termination date. <br /> <br />According to William Kucharski, the Director of Environmental Management <br />(DEM), the Mayor instructed DEM to develop a plan to ensure a continued mulching <br />operation with a new contract. <br /> <br />“The goal is to have a seamless operational transfer of the very successful <br />mulching operation,” Kucharski said. <br /> <br />The Mayor directed DEM to create a comprehensive waste minimization/waste <br />diversion plan, and to prepare a Request for Proposals (RFP) to seek an islandwide <br />County of Hawai‘i is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer. <br /> <br />