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Judge to hear lawsuit over trash collection

Judge to hear lawsuit over trash collection Judge to hear lawsuit over trash collection
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A judge will hear a lawsuit on Wednesday challenging the city over trash collection, which is transitioning to private collection service starting Feb. 1.

The United Public Workers Union filed a lawsuit against the city, saying this violates a Hawaii Supreme Court ruling and "privatizes" the service. More than 180 churches, condominiums and non-profit groups will no longer have free trash collection from the city and will now have to pay private trash collectors.

Damien Memorial School has already transitioned to a private trash company. Bishop Museum is also affected.

The City Council says it's too costly to make repairs to trash vehicles and no longer wants to fund the front end loader trash trucks.

Circuit Judge Karl Sakamoto is expected to hear the lawsuit.

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UPW suing city over change in garbage collection

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