New bulky trash law gets tough on Oahu violators

Acting Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell (on right)
Acting Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell (on right)
City Council Chair Todd Apo
City Council Chair Todd Apo

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Heads up, Oahu residents. Starting January, placing bulky trash items out on the curb at the wrong time could cost you a hefty fine.

With old furniture and other junk piling up on the curb behind him, acting Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell on Monday signed into law a bill that's designed to cut down on the mess.

Bulky trash should not be placed on a curb until after 6 PM the day before the city's scheduled pickup. If you violate the law, you'll face a fine of $250 a day. If you don't remove your item within seven days, the city will take it away and bill you.

The new law also allows inspectors to cite the property manager if bulky trash is found curbside in front of an apartment building.

"This bill is designed to address the habitual abusers that continually visually pollute our city and create a health and safety matter," Caldwell said.

"This isn't to go out and nit pick on an elderly individual that needs to put something out because they had help over the weekend a day or two early," Todd Apo, City Council chair, said. "This is to find these locations like this that have habitual problems that are causing problems for the neighborhood."

Caldwell and Apo got their hands dirty, helping to clean up the mess on Date Street.

To learn when bulky item pickup is scheduled for your neighborhood, or to report violations, visit

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