Panel to illuminate new recycling, waste conversion plan

A public presentation on a proposed county integrated waste conversion and energy project will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the University of Hawaii Maui College’s new science building, ‘Ike Lea.

The presentation will be hosted by the Sustainable Living Institute, the Maui Recycling Group and the Sierra Club.

Featured presenters include Arun Sharma, president of Anaergia Services Inc. of Carlsbad, Calif.; Allen Hershkowitz, senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York; and Kyle Ginoza, director of Maui County’s Department of Environmental Management.

Jennifer Chirico, executive director of SLIM, will moderate.

Anaergia Services is a subsidiary of a Canada-based technology company that has been an international leader in the movement toward using a process known as anaerobic digestion for dealing with waste resources. In brief, this process “digests” organic materials like food waste, green waste and other liquid organic wastes found in the municipal solid waste streams. The process produces renewable natural gas, which can be used as a fuel in power plants, transportation and other applications.

Anaergia also has proposed producing clean, dry pelletized solid fuel, a “charcoal-like” product from the residual material that cannot be recycled.

The Natural Resources Defense Council is a national environmental organization. Hershkowitz is well known as an international expert, author and speaker on solid waste resource programs.

The three host organizations aim to inform the community and present a nonbiased overview of integrated waste conversion. The free event is open to the public. For more information, call 984-3379 or 984-3462.