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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, August 3, 2005

Bulk-trash service expands

By Robbie Dingeman
Advertiser Staff Writer


To find out the bulky item pickup schedule for your neighborhood, visit www.opala.org and click on "Bulky Item Collection."

All O'ahu neighborhoods will get regular monthly pickup of their discarded refrigerators, sofas and other bulky items by February, under an expansion of the program announced by the city.

Windward residents from Kahuku to Hau'ula will be the next to get the service. Starting Monday, they will be able to put their bulky items on the curb on a designated day each month, instead of the current system of pickup by appointment.

People who live there should put their bulky trash items out on the curb on the second Monday of each month. City crews will pick it up within several days of that date.

The service will expand to the Waiahole-Ka'a'awa area on Aug. 22 and the North Shore-Wahiawa area on Sept. 14.

Currently, only the central Honolulu area from Foster Village to Hawai'i Kai and the Wai'anae Coast have regularly scheduled monthly pickup of bulky trash items.

The city will spend $740,000 to buy four new trucks and $5,000 to publicize the service.

Kahalu'u resident George Okuda believes the new service will help cut illegal dumping and provide more timely rubbish pickup for people across the island.

Under the present appointment system, he said, getting rid of appliances, furniture and other bulky items "may take weeks until you get pickup. With this, you bring it out on a Monday and within that time frame of that one week, it's supposed to be picked up.

"Illegal dumping is a big problem," Okuda said, especially along O'ahu's coastline. "If you drive along the coast, you see it all over the place, it's not just the Windward side. They clean it up today, tomorrow, somebody's dumped a refrigerator or something there."

Mayor Mufi Hannemann said he made the expansion a campaign promise because he believes it's important for the city to be fair in offering the same service to all residents. "It shouldn't matter where you reside, you should get the same service," he said.

Hannemann, who lives in 'Aiea, said that when he was elected last year only the urban core of Honolulu between Foster Village and Hawai'i Kai had regular bulky item curbside pickup while residents of other areas had to call for pickup, then wait for the removal.

Patty Teruya, who has lived on the Wai'anae Coast for 35 years, said the city added the service there in March and there's been a big reduction in roadside rubbish along Farrington Highway since then.

"This truly helped us, because we don't have the washing machines, the tires, the large bulky items where we had so much problems along the coast," Teruya said.

Under the old system, getting big items picked up could take six weeks or more. But Teruya said trash goes out a lot faster now. In Nanakuli, she saw an item picked up two days after it was reported.

The city this week began a modified pickup schedule for the Wai'anae Coast. Residents west of Wai'anae Valley Road will have their items picked up on the first Monday of each month; Wai'anae residents get pickup on the second Monday; Ma'ili residents on the third Monday; and Nanakuli and Honokai Hale residents on the fourth Monday.