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Big changes coming to Honolulu bulky trash pickup program

May 1, 2019

HONOLULU (AP) — Bulky trash pick-up is about to change dramatically for some Honolulu residents.

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

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

The city hopes the new appointment system will encourage more people to reuse items rather than throw them away.

Lori Kahikina, director of city Environmental Services, said the city has seen an 80% uptick in bulky item tonnage since 2008.

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

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

Residents can go to www.opala.org after May 15 to schedule appointments.