City Council considers increase to illegal dumping fine

City Council considers increase to illegal dumping fine
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Most communities can claim at least one: Trash mountains that grow as bulky pick-up dates near.

"For a long time the worst spot was right on this corner of Lewers and Aloha Drive," said Robert Finley, chairman of the Waikiki Neighborhood Board.

At most of the board's monthly meetings, Finley says he can count on hearing complaints about the issue.

Fines for illegally dumping bulk trash on Oahu range from $250 to $500.

Now, some City Council members want to boost the fine to $2,500 for each day out of compliance. The measure says you could be fined if you're caught dumping bulk trash in the wrong place or at the wrong time.

"I'm hoping it will send a strong message to anyone who violates the law that they shouldn't be doing this," Councilman Ron Menor said.

But Menor acknowledged enforcing the bill would be tricky.

That's why he's asking the community for help.

"If someone sees an individual illegally dumping and knows the identity of that individual and where that person lives then that information should be shared with the city," Menor said.

It's illegal to put bulky item trash on the street any earlier than the evening before the first day of the collection window.

Finley, the neighborhood board chairman, said supports the intent of the bill, but says the fine is too much.

"$2500 a day, $2500 tomorrow, $2500 the next day. That's up to sums that people can't pay," he said.

The bill has been supported in two City Council committees, but still has a few hearings left before it's sent to the mayor's desk.

To get the bulky trash collection dates for your community, visit the city Department of Environmental Services.

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