Buried in bulky waste, pickup 4 weeks away for some

Ismael Godoy
Ismael Godoy

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The landfill is supposed to open to the public next Wednesday February 2, but some residents will have to hold onto their junk another four weeks before it's picked up from the curb.

There's still plenty of confusion of what can and cannot be put out for bulky waste pickup. The maintenance guys at The Bougainville Apartment complex misunderstood and put exactly the wrong things out.

"When we put our stuff outside on the street we left the washer and dryer, because I didn't think they were taking those. Instead I put couches out there and apparently its backwards, couches are not being accepted but appliances are so it's a little confusing," said Ismael Godoy, The Bougainville complex.

So here is the simplest breakdown for curbside pickup until the landfill opens.  Metal appliances like refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, water heaters and ranges will be accepted on your normal pickup day.  Everything else will NOT be taken, meaning do not put out couches, chairs, carpets, toilets or mattresses.

"I've seen some people, people just come and dump items along the curb," said Fernando Hernandez, Salt Lake resident.

In Salt Lake there are plenty of high rise condos so when things get put out by the curb at the wrong time it's almost impossible to get someone to take it back up.

"It's kind of lame to have all this waste sitting out in front of your house," said Ian McGregor, Kahala resident, who had a yard sale last weekend and has had the excess bulky waste sitting on the curb.

He says he searched for the correct information but couldn't find it.

"We went on the city's website and I understood they released a press release that was telling us not to put bulky items out but on the website where it explains where the districts are and what day your bulky item pickup comes there was nothing that indicated not to bring out your items," said McGregor.

If your bulky item pickup was skipped this month.  Crews won't be back around again until next month's scheduled date.  In the case for areas that get bulky items collected on the fourth Monday and fourth Wednesday of the month, which includes parts of East Honolulu, Pearl City, Aiea, Kailua and Waimanalo, that's another four weeks away which is why the city is hoping people bring it back inside.

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