Big changes coming to Oahu bulky trash pickup

HONOLULU (AP) — Bulky trash pickup 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 multifamily residential buildings starting June 3, Hawaii News Now reported 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 percent uptick in bulky item tonnage since 2008.

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

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