Trash problems worsen as city misses pickups from Waipahu to Aiea

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Trash pickup problems aren’t going away. In fact, they seem to be getting worse.

While we’ve had several reports of lingering trash in Kaimuki, Kalihi, and Hawaii Kai, more residents are now having problems.

The city confirmed Tuesday missed routes or partial routes in the Pearl City Refuse Yard:

Lower section of Kunia/Village Park; Upper of Royal Kunia; Waipahu (Waipahu Street); Waipahu (across of High School); Waipahu (ending just by Fort Weaver Road); Royal Kunia (Middle); Aiea Heights; Pearl City (Highlands School area); Waipo Gentry; top of Royal Summit; Pearlridge (top section).

We first started telling you about the problem nearly a month ago. The city told us that there’s a shortage of workers in the Honolulu Base Yard, which is why routes in town were not being finished on time.

But a Village Park resident contacted us via Report It after they were told that there’s a shortage there also.

Full trash bins were lined up in Village Park, still waiting to be emptied Tuesday afternoon, even though pickup was supposed to be done Monday.

This is the first pickup day since Thanksgiving, so food in those bins has been rotting in the hot sun for the past couple of days.

Mila Mabanag has bags of trash sitting in her yard, while her trash bin remains full sitting out on the curb.

“The rest of my trash is stacked in the back of the house,” she said. “I had a party. I thought they were gonna pick it up but they never showed up.”

“The smells too of the trash from Thanksgiving, it has all the maggots and stuff like that come out,” said resident Ben Palaroan.

“I think it breeds rats and things undesirable. It develops into a more serious condition if left alone,” said resident Sydney Austin.

Residents say they’ve called the city for an explanation, but either had to leave a message or, when they did get someone on the phone, didn’t really get a definitive answer.

“They said that just leave it out there, because they don’t know when they’re gonna get picked either today, tomorrow. They don’t know, because they’re short of guys,” Mabanag said.

“What would you like to say to the city?” KHON2 asked.

“I would ask them to get on the ball and do their job more efficiently,” Austin said.

Residents tell us they can’t understand why a basic service isn’t being done the way it should.

“We paid for this, right? That’s why they make it once a week. They used to pick up twice a week. Everybody’s just complaining, what’s going on? We don’t know what’s going on. We’re waiting all night last night,” Palaroan said.

“The smell is coming. You know, somebody’s going to get sick, even the kids, even the old people,” said resident Maluomalo Eteuati.

KHON2 contacted Ron Menor, the Honolulu City Councilman for that district.

He says he spoke with the city director of Environmental Services, Lori Kahikina, who assured him that trash in that area will be picked up by Wednesday.

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