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Mayor Caldwell's budget for fiscal year 2019 includes fees for trash pickup

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Honolulu mayor Kirk Caldwell says the City's Bulky Item Pickup program is a big issue. One he says people abuse everyday.

"The question is do we just do away with the program altogether and let people take their stuff to the transfer stations, do we let the private sector do it, do we continue to do it the way we been doing it, or do we do something differently?" Caldwell said.

Caldwell is pushing for the latter. His administration wants to do away with monthly pickups and make it an individualized call-in service.

Residents would need to pay $10 per cubic yard of items they want removed. They'd have to pre-pay then set an appointment.

Crews would only take the items that were scheduled before hand. The city says it's planning a trip to San Francisco to learn more about that city's model.

"They have a call-in service where you call in to their staff, you tell them exactly what you're going to be putting out and we tell you when to put it out, everything is computerized where they can go online and whether it's a dresser, a frame, a mattress and you click and an appointment will come up and you can pick one," Lori Kahikina, Department of Environmental Services said. 

Meanwhile, at least one City Council member says he'll vote against the Mayor's bulky proposal.

"It's not fair, people shouldn't have to waste their time or money on dumping trash that's supposed to be picked up by the city," Trevor Ozawa, Honolulu City Council member said. 

Ozawa is fed up with the lack of bulky pickup in Hawaii Kai. He says the city needs to keep the service as is and just do a better job.

"It's something that our residents in east Honolulu have felt that their property taxes should cover as a core service," Ozawa said. 

The City is also proposing a fee for weekly opala pickup. That includes green, blue and black bins.

"In the past, we've asked for $10 a month, it has not passed. We've dropped it to $5 with the hope that the council will seriously look at this," Caldwell said.

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