Get ready for really big changes to bulky item pickup

Get ready for really big changes to bulky item pickup

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Bulky item pick-up is about to change dramatically for residents who live from Foster Village to Hawaii Kai to Waikiki.

The city announced Tuesday that the program would be moving to an appointment-based system for about 70,000 single-family and multi-family residential buildings starting June 3.

(Image: City and County of Honolulu)
(Image: City and County of Honolulu)

The switch is part of a pilot program aimed at reining in costs.

Currently, the city roves through neighborhoods on bulky item pick-up weeks to pick up trash left out on the curb. The program was launched island-wide in a bid to address illegal dumping.

But the city hopes the new appointment-based system will encourage more people to reuse items rather than throwing them away.

The city had previously proposed charging for bulky item pickup.

“We believe this pilot will help address the 80 percent uptick in bulky item tonnage since 2008 by assisting us in better managing bulky waste, to be more organized during pick-ups, and encouraging residents to consider the reuse of items they no longer need before disposal,” Lori Kahikina, director of city Environmental Services, in a news release.

“As the pilot progresses, we’ll analyze the metrics and feedback to see where improvements can be made.”

Single-family homes will also be limited to five bulky items per appointment. Multi-unit residential buildings can schedule the pick-up of 20 items per appointment.

During the pilot, the rest of the island will be on the regular bulky item collection schedule.

To schedule an appointment under the new system, go to www.opala.org after May 15.

This story will be updated.

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