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Waste disposal proving problem for Tomishiro and Itoman cities

Date Posted: 2005-05-16

Southern Okinawa’s waste disposal treatment plant is beyond capacity, and now closed.

Itoman and Tomishiro Cities are continuing to generate trash waste,and don’t know where to put it. They need a workable plant, but their new facility will not come online until 2008.

For now, they’re scouring the island for willing hands to allow Itoman and Tomishiro waste to be burned, and sediment stored, in other places. The two communities are generating 200 tons of waste per day, which leaves sediment of 15 tons. The trash continues to be burned, but the daily 15 tons of waste product is being built up inside the disposal facility.

The problem was first identified more than 30 years ago, but solutions have been slow. Kayuu Nishihiro, Itoman City Mayor, says “this trash problem is a really big one because we cannot wait even one day.” He acknowledges the old facility’s problem, but says “I really did not know that it’s a big problem. We have to do something now.”

Tomoshiro City Mayor Houmei Kinjo says “the civilian final disposal treatment center had trouble. According to new rules, this disposal treatment center cannot take anymore waste because it is not an appropriate place, by Okinawa Prefecture designation.”

The two cities quit taking new garbage and trash for disposal on March 30th, but know the waste is piling up in neighborhoods and area storage areas. Officials emphasize their concerns are serious, and are asking for help.

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