City council advances bill to charge for bulky trash pickup by appointment

Honolulu mayor Kirk Caldwell says he supports a plan that would allow the city to charge for bulky trash pickups by appointment.

The city currently offers free bulky trash pickup on no-call, regular monthly collection schedule.

Caldwell said Thursday that while the bulky item problem is getting better, he thinks pickups by appointment will help even more.

“Most jurisdictions around the county don’t have automatic pickup. You call and arrange pickup and in many cases it’s a private company who does it, but call to arrange for pickup may address the problem of people putting it out wherever,” Caldwell said.

The Honolulu City Council seems to agree. Councilmember Ann Kobayashi brought the bill forward and it passed its first reading Wednesday.

The bill calls for a pilot program in its first year that could become permanent.

A cost for the service has yet to be decided, but council members say it would be something reasonable.

Read the bill in its entirety here.

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