Live in Urban Honolulu? You’ll have to start making appointments for bulky trash pickup

City works to fix 'broken system' for bulky trash item pick-up

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Heads up, Urban Honolulu residents: The city is making big chances to bulky item trash pick-up next month.

The biggest change: Those big pieces of trash will now be picked up by appointment only.

The pilot kicks off June 3.

And the city will start accepting appointments Wednesday on opala.org for residents from Hawaii Kai to Foster Village.

Why the change?

The city says the current system of regular pickups is a mess.

“We have a problem. It’s obviously a nightmare for the community and the city and it’s broken so that’s why we are trying to do the bulky pilot in the Honolulu area. Try something and mayor says if he can’t get this to work, he might just stop it,” said Lori Kahikina, director of the city Department of Environmental Services.

Urban Honolulu households are allowed up to five designated items and the city won't pick up extra items. As for concerns the appointment system may create more trash piles, Kahikina says she can't argue that.

But she hopes the appointments reduce illegal dumping.

She says the city is trying to change the culture of throwing stuff away.

Kahikina said there's been an 80 percent increase in trash over the past decade.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, the council deferred a bill to implement a $15 monthly fee per household for regular trash pick-up.

The city says it currently pays $55 monthly per household for regular trash pick-up and wanted to close the gap for the service it provides.

“If we create a fee, it goes into the solid waste fund and cannot be used for anything else," said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

“It helps to cover and reduce that subsidy so the general fund can be used for the other challenges you are going to face long after I’m gone.”

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