It’s a problem that affects all neighborhoods — bulky items littering the curb, sometimes for weeks before they get picked up.
Oahu’s bulky item law has been around for about two-and-a-half years, but it’s only been a month since the City started enforcing it.
Still, people continue to leave their trash out long before they’re supposed to.
Sometimes illegal dumpers are the culprit.
Unfortunately, as the law is written, if it’s in front of your property then you’re responsible, even if someone else left it there.
There’s an area in Aiea where illegal dumping has been a problem for years. Hillside Terrace III is part of the Newtown Estates subdivision.
It’s a nice townhouse community, but what’s not so nice is the trash that gets left out in front.
“It’s gotten worse throughout the years,” Hillside Terrace III resident Barry Kugiya said.
Kugiya knows because he walks his dogs past this area every day.
In fact, he says the pile looked different just 12 hours ago.
“Little less now, but people put some different stuff out there. So I guess it’s never ending,” Kugiya said.
A never-ending swap meet where people drop off trash and pick up treasure.
“There are multiple people that come around here and dump their stuff. I’ve seen trucks come here and unload their stuff,” Kugiya said.
Kugiya’s neighbor Brandon Burgess has also seen it first hand.
“The worst I’ve seen was a pile about three car lengths long and taller than a person,” Burgess said.
Sadly, a lot of the items dumped here aren’t even bulky.
“It seems to be an unattended stretch of road. There’s no cars parked here. So it’s easy — stop, drop, and go,” Burgess said.
Bulky items are scheduled to be picked up from this area on the fourth Monday of the month, which is June 24. That’s almost two weeks away.
“So it’s an eyesore for the whole month,” Kugiya said.
You’re only allowed to place bulky items on the curb in front of your home the day before the scheduled pickup.
The law went into effect on Jan. 1, 2011, but the City couldn’t enforce it until the administrative rules were approved — that happened this past December.
On May 1, the City started enforcement. So far, the City has issued 13 violation notices. The violator has seven days to get rid of the bulky items or else face a $250 fine for the first offense.
No one has been fined yet.
“To be honest, I hate to see anybody get fined, but something has to be done,” Kugiya said.
It is the property owner who would get fined.
So for a townhouse complex like this one, it would be the association.
“That’s not fair. We had nothing to do with this,” Kugiya said.
“If you can transport it here, then you can transport it to the dump,” Burgess said.
The City has 10 convenience centers on Oahu where you can take your bulky items and trash. They’re open seven days a week.
- Ewa Convenience Center
- Laie Convenience Center
- Wahiawa Convenience Center
- Waianae Convenience Center
- Waimanalo Convenience Center
- Waipahu Convenience Center
- Kapaa Transfer Station
- Kawailoa Transfer Station
- Keehi Transfer Station
- Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill