The Kauai Landfill ‘Conundrum’ Could Quickly Become A ‘Public Health Hazard’ The island’s only landfill is filling up fast. But the places available to put a new landfill are severely limited.

With Kauai’s bulging Kekaha landfill approaching maximum capacity, the search for a new burial site for the island’s municipal garbage began 22 years ago.

But in some ways, it’s only just begun.

Getting a new landfill up and running is a long, slogging process that county officials estimate could take a decade to complete. The first step — locating a site that’s legally and practically equipped to host a landfill — has always been difficult, and the options in recent years have significantly narrowed.

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