HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The holidays are over, and it's time to dispose of the Christmas tree. The City and County of Honolulu is urging residents to do it properly. The first step is to not throw the tree in with bulky items.
"They're separate from bulky items. If they put it out with their bulky, it will not be collected by our bulky crews" said Department of Environmental Services Director Lori Kahikina.
"We have a composting facility, so all our green waste goes there and they compost it--it can be re-used for fertilizer. Trash trucks, the trash goes to H-Power to be burned. Bulky is going to different facilities" she explained.
When a tree is tossed into a big trash pile, it creates a bigger problem for the city.
"I really wish those people who disposed of them would pick them up. That's the proper thing to do. More than likely it'll have to be ENV or DFM, a joint venture to pick it up" said Kahikina.
All that extra work would cost taxpayers. Kahikina said crews could likely incur overtime, which is not budgeted for.
The City explains it thusly on opala.org:
For households in the cart pickup system, please note that the tree has to fit inside the cart. Cut the tree into lengths up to three feet and trim branches to ensure that it will fall freely from the cart during collection. If cutting the tree is a bother, you can drop it off whole at the nearest City Convenience Center.
For households on a manual collection route, cut the tree into lengths up to three feet and place at curb on your refuse day. If cutting the tree is a bother, you can drop it off whole at the nearest City Convenience Center.
Condominium or apartment residents must drop off their trees at City Convenience Centers.
For a link to those locations, click HERE.