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Aiea man documents bulky item buildup on YouTube

AIEA (HawaiiNewsNow) - John Burns sees it when he exits his condo. From 21 floors up it's unsightly. From ground level it's even worse.

"The sofa was added a few days ago. A tire was placed here last week. The baby bed last week," he said.

His high rise overlooks the turnaround. Bulky item trash pickup in his neighborhood is the fourth Monday of the month. Burns said the day after, the inevitable buildup begins.

"Sometimes there can be a couple of big screen TVs, a toilet, a washing machine, all kinds of items, bookcases. People break them then there's pieces of board all over the place," he said.

Burns got so bummed he documented the days since the last bulky item collection on Uao Place. He posted his two-minute montage on YouTube.

"There's more than 500 families that live off of this street or nearby," he said. "They come home from a hard day's work and they see this."

"People leave exercise machines, tires, you name it. It gets pretty bad," Stephen Lorian said.

The city said bulky items must not be placed at the curb any earlier than the day before collection.

"I'm wondering, can the city do more to help curtail the problem? If there's fines imposed for it, can they increase it? If there aren't fines, can they push something through quickly?" Burns said.

Bill 78 covers that. Soon, the city will issue citations to people caught breaking the bulky item law -- $250 and a warning, then $250 more if the trash isn't removed within seven days.  The city will hold a public hearing on the law August 28 at 1 p.m. at the Mission Memorial building.

Burns has lived on Uao for 16 years. His condo's motto is live the happy life. The mess out front says something else.

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