Oahu Residents Confused with Recycling Program

HAWAII KAI (KHNL) -- On Oahu, starting January 7th, the city says it will eliminate twice-a-week trash pick-up for Hawaii Kai and Mililani residents.

The city says it is trying to encourage those residents to recycle more.

But some people we spoke to say, they're still not sure how the system works.

"On Saturday January 5th, one week from tomorrow, will be the last day the city will conduct the second day trash pick-up in the gray bins for Hawaii Kai and Mililani," said Mayor Mufi Hannemann.

The mayor says although the project is still in its early stages, things are going well.

"The response has been very good and I'm pleased that the feedback has been positive, especially from young people who have really made a difference because they are forcing mom and dad to participate in this recycling program."

But some Hawaii Kai residents we spoke with are still confused about the process.

"I have no idea when to put the bins out. I just look at my neighbor across the street and whatever bin he puts out I figure he might know what he's doing," said Susan Lewis, a Hawaii Kai resident.

"I know it's Wednesday and Saturday but as far as whether it's the blue bin or the green bin, it just depends on what the majority of the neighbors have out," said Hawaii Kai resident Elaine Schultz.

"I know what our trash pick-up is like," said resident Penelope Pekru.

Despite the confusion, the consensus among residents seems to be that changes are needed.

"Our landfills are full, we don't have space for all of the recyclables and we need to find some other way to recycle," said Pekru.

The city says service will continue for those Mililani residents who have paid for a second day-a-week trash pick-up.