Ala Moana area residents say dumpster divers creating large, stinky mess

Ala Moana area residents say dumpster divers creating large, stinky mess

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Residents on Makaloa Street say that a group of homeless residents have been raiding large trash bins and scattering garbage on the streets.

“We’ve had a serious situation with the homeless and people getting into the dumpster in the morning," said one resident, who gave his name as Carlos.

“When Honolulu Disposal puts the dumpster out, they’re getting inside and throwing the trash in the street and the sidewalks."

Carlos didn’t want his last name used, but said the trash that’s left on the sidewalk poses a public health threat. He said some of the bins in front of a nearby supermarket could contain old food products.

“Bacteria is being spread all over the place," he said.

Private haulers said dumpster diving is a big problem throughout the islands. They said the homeless often break into the bins even after they place locks on them.

Carlos said residents call the police but the problem doesn’t go away.

“HPD did come this morning. I have video of it," he said.

“But the sad part of it is they came back, they’re back in the dumpsters."

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