Some major changes are happening on Kauai on Wednesday as new laws and polices go into effect.
Monthly bus passes are going up from $35 to $40, and the annual pass will rise from $350 to $400.
There are a number of locations where the monthly bus passes can be purchased including:
Lihue Civic Center, Kapule Building, Treasury Division, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pono Market in Kapaa
Menehune Food Mart – Kilauea, Kapahi and Kekaha
The annual bus passes are only available at the Kauai Bus office located at 3220 Hoolako Street in Lihue.
A complete listing of all bus routes can be found on The Kauai Bus website.
Printed bus schedules are available on all county buses and at The Kauai Bus office.
Also, a few changes will take place regarding taking out the trash. The county’s Pay As You Throw program will charge property owners for garbage pickup based on the size of their trash bin. It will charge $18 a month to use a 96-gallon cart and $10 a month to use a 64-gallon cart.
The larger cart is equivalent to the size of three standard trash cans. The smaller one is similar in size to two standard trash cans.
Approximately 5,000 people have downsized from the 96-gallon cart to the 64-gallon cart. But the county said it will take about three months to finish switching them all out. Once residents receive their new carts, they will be asked to wash out the old one and then put it upside down in a safe place near the street so county workers can pick them up.
Mayor Bernard Carvalho said in a statement he's encouraging homeowners to reduce, reuse, and recycle so they can switch to a smaller trash carts and save money.
Additionally, refuse transfer stations hours are now 7:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. instead of 9:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.