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Minutes for General Meeting
Call to Order: Marianna Scheffer, 10:57 a.m.
Members Present: George & Marian Wilkins, Sue Dursin, Marni Herkes, Maiden Temple, Sue Irvine, Andrea Dean, Marianna Scheffer, Lois Cecil, Gail Laros, Karen & Erik Hazelhoff, Glenys Spitze, Kay Uno Kaneko.
Guest Speaker: Marianna Scheffer introduced the guest speaker, Barbara Bell, Director of the Hawai'i County Department of Environmental Development. Bell gave a brief history of the Department, which was established in 2000. She was the first director, starting in 2002, the same year the County Council adopted and the State Department of Health approved a Plan. She summarized the current situation: the landfill in Hilo will reach its estimated permitted capacity in March, 2006 and if it is closed and no other action has been taken, all waste will be trucked to West Hawai'i.
She described her job as getting a sorting facility built in East Hawai'i. With a large graphic, she described the planned facility, which would provide stations for green waste as well as for sorting glass and cardboard for recycling; removing furniture, appliances, tires, paint, and batteries; and reloading all remaining trash in trucks for hauling to West Hawai'i. She reported that a compromise between the Administration and the Council was reached a few weeks prior to her presentation and it would allow soliciting bids for the facility and trucking.
A lively question and answer session concluded with Bell's summary of things the League could do: recycle and buy items with less packaging; educate the community about the seriousness of the waste problem and ways to recycle and cut back on waste; and work on passing legislation, such as mandatory recycling of cars by requiring the payment of a significant deposit when purchasing a car. She handed out the 2005 Hawai'i Island Recycling Guide.
Meeting Minutes: The Minutes for the General Meeting on August 20, 2005 were approved upon motion by Herkes and second by G. Wilkins.