Trash from Hawaii could end up in Northwest

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ARLINGTON, Ore. (AP) - With Honolulu's main landfill expected to close in 2009, Hawaii's largest city is looking to send its trash to the Pacific Northwest.
     
Northwest landfills have accepted garbage from as far away as Alaska. But Hawaii's trash would have more.
     
The trash would take roughly two weeks to cross the Pacific before getting shipped up the Columbia River. It would go to a landfill near the Eastern Oregon city of Arlington or a landfill near Roosevelt, Washington.
     
The trash would be bundled in airtight plastic to prevent unwelcome tropical plants or insect pests from escaping.
     
The Hawaii landfill is running out of space and is near a beach area where The Walt Disney Company plans to build a resort complex.
     
The city is seeking bids from companies that could haul at least 100,000 tons of trash each year to the mainland.
     
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