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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              February 25, 2006

Release No. M-17-06

 

 

CITY EXTENDS SCHEDULED BULKY ITEM PICKUP

SERVICE TO INCLUDE HALAWA-MAKAKILO AREA

 

            Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced the City will extend “Opala Nui” –  its no-call, regularly scheduled bulky item service –  to the area from Halawa to Makakilo and Kapolei beginning Wednesday (March 1) and will have all of Oahu covered by July.

            The new service will collect bulky items left curbside in Ewa Gentry, Ocean Pointe and Barbers Point Housing on Wednesday and every first Wednesday of the month from then on.  

            Collection in other new sectors will be:

·       Kapolei, Makakilo – first Monday

·       Ewa Beach, Iroquois Point, Ewa Gentry east of Fort Weaver Road and makai of Iroquois Drive – second Monday

·       Ewa, West Loch and Village Park – second Wednesday

·       Waipahu – third Monday

·       Waikele, Waipio and Pearl City ewa of Waimano Home Road and makai of Komo Mai Drive – third Wednesday

·       Pacific Palisades, Pearl City Highlands and Pearl City ewa of Kaahumanu Avenue – fourth Monday

·       Aiea, Halawa and Pearl City east of Kaahumanu Avenue – fourth Wednesday.

            Scheduled bulky item pickup will begin in Central Oahu, from Wahiawa to Waipio, in May and in Windward Oahu from Kaneohe to Waimanalo in July.

            Maps and schedules are being published in the daily newspapers and are also available online at  www.opala.org   Call 692-5656 for more information.

 

            Furniture, appliances, mattresses, bed frames and box springs, rolled up and fastened carpeting not more than 6 feet long,  and no more than 1 cubic yard of material from minor home repairs and renovations will be collected if placed on the curb from 6 a.m. of the scheduled collection day.  It may take three or four days for crews to collect all of the bulky items in any one sector.

            Items that won’t be collected include construction materials, demolition debris, dirt, rocks, concrete, large automobile parts, tires, auto batteries, propane tanks, hazardous waste and any refuse that’s suitable for regular twice-a-week refuse collection.

            For many years, only the urban core of Honolulu between Foster Village and Hawaii Kai enjoyed regular bulky item curbside pickup. Residents of other areas had to call for pickup, then wait for the actual removal.

Hannemann, who lives in Aiea, said, “I have felt the frustration of calling  for an old water heater to be picked up, then having it sit on the curb in front of my house for many weeks before it was finally taken. Town residents are able to place large items at curbside for monthly pickup. It was simply a matter of equity.

“Regular pickup should help to discourage illegal dumping, especially in rural areas of Oahu,” the mayor said.

After he took office last year, the mayor ordered no-call bulky item pickup extended first to the Waianae Coast in March; Sunset Beach to Kahaluu in August and the rest of the North Shore in September.

 

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Contact:

           

            Bill Brennan, 527-6928

            Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767

           

           

Monday, February 27, 2006

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