July 14, 2013 - Honolulu, HI
fails to pick up trash at several housing complexes, leaving thousands exposed to stench and unhealthy conditions.
By Carroll Cox
Update 8/3/13 - the Honolulu StarAdvertiser runs a story about trash pickup. Link here to story.
of several Oahu communities say the recent television fluff pieces featuring Mayor Kirk Caldwell don't
meet the smell test. In fact, they say
the mayor's administration's handling of trash service and disposal literally stinks to high heaven. Some of the communities are Waipio,
Mililani, Ewa, Ewa Beach, Waianae, Kapolei, Kunia, Nanakuli and Makakilo.
understand the City and County of Honolulu has approximately seven front end loaders in its
fleet but only two of those are functional and the others are out of
commission. One working truck assigned
to the Middle Street Base yard services routes in metro Honolulu. It is then
used by the drivers in the Pearl City district to pick up trash in the above
listed areas. These areas are generally
serviced twice a week but recently the
routes have only been serviced once a week, leaving garbage to sit in the bins,
smelling up the residential areas and attracting flies, rats and other pests. Some of the homeowners explained that their
areas are generally serviced Monday and Thursday, Tuesday and Friday or Wednesday
and Saturday. The routes scheduled for last
Thursday were not picked up. and will be picked up this coming Monday at the
earliest. These delays result in the
drivers getting automatic overtime pay because the late pickups are not regularly
scheduled pickups. This is costing the
taxpayer money for poor service as well as presenting unhealthy and unsightly
We drove around some of the areas and found that all of them
had trash sitting on the curb or in the bins waiting to be dumped. Some of the apartment or condo complexes are
the Arbors in Ewa Beach, Palm Villas, Ewa Villages and the Ewa Lani
Villages. We also observed large
amounts of bulky waste that residents also report are not being picked up in a
Part of the problem, the City and County of Honolulu
purchased a large fleet of automated trash trucks but failed to acquire new
front end loaders to keep up with the demand in these areas. In addition, as we previously reported, a
couple years back they bought at least seven side loader trucks that were too
small for the crew to use. What happened
to those trucks? Why didn't they
exchange them for the front loader trucks they so desperately need?
We believe the mayor's trash honeymoon and show and tell escapades
are about to abruptly come to an end.
Many of the complexes have the bins sitting close to homes, either right
in their front doors or just feet away from their housing units. The Mayor must immediately acquire a sufficient number of front end loader tucks
to address the potential health risk to these communities.
Link here to the story reported on KHON NEWS - Monday July 15.