SHOULD WE PUT UP WITH PUT OR PAY?
September 12, 2013
The Anaergia proposal states in one section that they want to work with Maui's existing recyclers. In another part of the Anaergia proposal they state that in order for their project to be viable they would have to have Maui's entire waste stream.
If our current recycling and composting businesses continue business as usual there is a possibility that the Anaergia facility will not receive the 375 tons per day their contract guarantees. If this is the case the County would then have to pay Anaergia for the daily shortfall. This is what the "Put Or Pay" clause in the contract means. If Anaergia charges the County at the same rate that they propose for a tipping fee, $65.00, the County would owe Anaergia $65.00 for each ton of municipal solid waste that was not delivered. If the shortfall is 50 tons the penalty would be $3,250.00 for each day the 50 ton shortfall occured. If the shortfall continues for a full year the total annual penalty would $1,186,250,00 per year. Combine this with the tipping fees on the 25% of the waste stream that the County "owns" and our annual bill will be in the neighborhood of $6 million. That makes a grand total of $7,117,500 per year for a project that was promoted as a "no-cost" option for Maui County. Compare that figure with the less than $5 million per year our current recycling programs cost. It's no wonder that Mauians in larger numbers every day believe the Mayor's plan does not make sense for Maui.
Honolulu's HPOWER waste to energy incinerator recently announced that the City and County of Honolulu have not been delivering the amount of municipal solid waste to the HPOWER facility that their contract demands. The result is a looming financial penalty, likely to be in the millions. For the entire story click here.
In another part of the Anaergia proposal they state that in order for their project to be viable they would have to have Maui's entire waste stream. If they divert the total waste stream into their refuse derived fuel and their anaerobic digester produced Renewable Liquified Natural Gas, Maui's existing recycling companies and County sponsored programs would be forced to shut down due to lack of feed stock and commodities including metals, paper, fiber, FOG, green waste sewage sludge, etc.
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