HALAWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Halawa business may have to shell out a lot of money to get rid of a problem dumped on its doorstep.
The problem is a bunch of old mattresses, 30 in all, that someone left in the business's parking lot.
The old mattresses, in all sizes from twin to king, were dumped in the middle of the parking lot sometime on the night of Sept. 12. They've now been leaned up against a stone wall, but somehow they'll have to be taken to the dump.
Environmental activist Carroll Cox of Envirowatch is concerned because the dumping went undetected.
"Someone collected them piece by piece and then had to get rid of them, maybe somehow cleaning out a warehouse or something," said Cox.
Cox has seen illegal dumping, but mostly in residential neighborhoods. The city does pick up bulky items such as mattresses for free from residential areas. But the city's collection information Web site said these mattresses will have to be taken to the Waipahu Convenience Center or the Pearl City collection yard. And the property owner will have to figure out how to haul them there.
"Imagine, just with this you're going to have to pay $1,500, possibly, to solve a problem that someone created for you," said Cox.
The business closest to the parking lot is EDP Products, which sells supplies for copiers, computers and fax machines. Cox said it probably will have to rent a truck and other equipment to take the 30 dirty mattresses away.
The building has surveillance cameras, but they failed to pick up any useful images, so it remains unknown where the mattresses came from or who left there there.
"This should be a wake up call to everybody," said Cox. "And I do believe we're going to see more and have a greater frequency of this type of dumping."