For Immediate Release
September 16, 2019
Media Contact: Jacob Aki
(Kalihi, Oʻahu) – The City and County of Honolulu is making new changes to their bulky pickup pilot to allow Waikīkī residents to schedule weekly appointments instead of being limited to once-a-month appointments. Timothy Houghton, deputy director of the city’s Department of Environmental Services recently told that Waikīkī Neighborhood Board that Waikīkī has been “the only area on Oʻahu receiving weekly bulky collection. The rest of the pilot areas are allowed only one appointment per month over a multiday period.”
Honolulu City Council – District VII (Kalihi, Salt Lake, ʻĀliamanu and Foster Village) candidate Jacob Aki doesn’t disagree with the new changes to allow weekly appointments for Waikīkī residents, but he believes other residents in urban Honolulu should be afforded similar opportunities to schedule more frequent appointments.
“I agree that Waikīkī has been one of the hardest hit communities affected by the new bulky pickup pilot, but there are other areas in urban Honolulu, specifically the ʻĀliamanu and Kalihi areas in my district, that have also experienced an increase in trash lining our roadways,” said Aki. “The city needs to be fair to all residents affected by the new system and allow for more frequently scheduled pickups.”