A recent house fire in Kalihi highlights the importance of keeping fire hydrants free from obstruction, after firefighters had to maneuver around bulky trash to access their crucial water supply. This concern comes with Honolulu City Council members pushing to increase the fine for trash violators five fold.
Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine and Councilmember Ron Menor recently introduced Bill 24, which aims to increase illegal dumping fines by 500%
Bill 24 addresses the illegal disposal of refuse, and bulky items, providing that: “No person shall throw, drop, place, dump or deposit refuse or bulky wastes on a street, roadside, alley, highway, or public place except as provided in this chapter,” which would allow bulky disposal only on the City’s scheduled pickup times. Fines will increase from $500 to $2500.
To learn more, watch the KITV story here: http://www.kitv.com/clip/12339123/bulky-trash-near-hydrants-obstructs-firefighters