Department of Environmental Services (ENV) rules hold individual property owners and condominium associations (in the instance of multi-family residential properties) responsible for any bulky items that are placed on the sidewalk in front of their properties.
In Makiki/Punchbowl, we regularly receive complaints about illegal dumping by non-residents onto property owned by single-family residential owners or multi-family residential condominium buildings. If you observe someone who is illegally dumping trash or bulky items in a manner that obstructs pedestrian or vehicle access on a City sidewalk, please contact 911 to file a police report. If illegal dumping has taken place on your property, please call the ENV hotline at 768-3300 to report the items for pickup and to avoid a citation from ENV refuse inspectors.
If you spot an existing illegal dump site, please call the ENV hotline and provide your contact information, the types of items contained in the site, and its location. Inspectors from ENV will respond and investigate these complaints and will cite the property owner with a Notice of Violation (NOV). If the violation remains uncorrected after seven days, a Notice of Order is generated and a civil fine of $250 will be levied.
Two bills addressing this issue were considered by the City Council at this month’s full Council meeting. Bill 24 increases the penalties for illegal dumping, proposing a $2500 fine for each violation. Bill 29 clarifies the ordinance regarding multi-unit residences and specifically names the multi-unit residence owner responsible for the removal and storage of bulky items on their property. If you have concerns on either of these measures, Bill 24 will be heard by the Public Health, Safety, and Welfare Committee on Tuesday, April 26th at 9:00 AM and Bill 29 will be heard by the Public Works, Infrastructure, and Sustainability Committee on Wednesday, April 27th at 1:00 PM.