Holiday Trash Tips
No refuse and recycling collection on Christmas Day Friday, December 25, 2020 and on New Years Day Friday, January 1, 2021.
- Drop-off Facilities will be closed ONLY on Christmas Day Friday, December 25, 2020 and on New Years Day Friday, January 1, 2021. All other days will operate on their regular schedule.
The City provides
scheduled collection service on all holidays except Christmas Day and New
For communities with 3-cart curbside recycling program:
- When your Refuse day falls on these holidays, the missed collection will be made up on the
following 1-2 days. Please leave the gray cart at the curb until it is serviced.
- Recycling days that fall on these observed holidays will not be made up. Please hold
mixed recyclables and green waste for the next scheduled pickup.
For communities with manual collection with twice per week refuse only pick-up:
- When your pickup day falls on these holidays, please hold your items for the next scheduled collection day.
Bulky collection for all residents:
- All areas outside of metro Honolulu: Bulky
collection will continue on the days following the
holiday. Since bulky pickup is conducted over a 3-4 day period in each
collection crews will make up the holiday on the other days.
- Honolulu Bulky Collection Pilot Area (Foster Village to Hawaii Kai): Bulky collection appointments will continue as scheduled.
During the holiday season, even
our garbage becomes more colorful and fragrant and bountiful with wrapping
paper, boxes and Christmas Trees. Here are a few tips for taking care of
your garbage through the holidays and purchasing gift items that will help
- Recycle your
Remove all ornaments and tinsel (and no flocked trees). Place them at the curb (in your green cart) for pickup on your regular green waste collection day; drop them off at any of the City’s Refuse and Recycling
Convenience Centers seven days a week or at the composting facility.
- Do not set out Christmas trees for bulky item collection.
- For households in the cart pickup system, please note that the tree
has to fit inside the cart. Cut the tree into lengths up to three feet
it will fall freely from the cart during collection. If cutting the tree
is a bother, you can drop it off whole at the nearest City Convenience
- For households on a manual collection route, cut the
tree into lengths up to three feet and place at curb on your refuse day. If cutting the
tree is a bother, you can drop it off whole at the nearest City Convenience
- Condos and commercial buildings can deliver large loads of trees
directly to composting
facility – there will be no tip fee charge over the holidays
for Christmas trees, courtesy of the City. Contact the City's Recycling Office at 768-3200 to arrange a delivery.
- Click here for collection schedules.
- Click here for list of City Convenience Centers.
be aware that the State has discontinued the special treecycling sites
at parks and other locations around the island. Do not bring your trees
sites. Use curbside collection or look for the list of City drop-off
- Recycle the
beverage containers from all the parties, and the big corrugated cardboard
boxes from those super toys and gifts.
Use your blue cart to recycle. For households without curbside recycling, HI-5 Plus
Drop-Off Recycling Centers accept deposit beverage containers and many of the same materials that go into the blue cart.
- Beware --
Fireworks and garbage are a dangerous mix.
If you have fireworks activity in your neighborhood, please be sure that
your refuse and recycling carts are closed and placed out of the way. You could be held
responsible for damage to your refuse or recycling carts if you don’t
take proper precautions to protect them.
- Keep your neighborhood glittering with holiday decorations, not trash.
Put your refuse, mixed recyclables, green waste and bulky items out at the curb only on collection days (or the evening before). It's not nice to leave your garbage of the containers out at the curb all the time, and it's a violation of City ordinance.
- Green gifts and wrapping ideas are everywhere these days.
Be watchful as you shop and Google green gifts online.
2019 Honolulu City Lights ENV Christmas Tree
|The Kapolei Hale Christmas Tree lights up the night through the month of December. You can reuse non-recyclable material to decorate your trees. Decorations in the tree on the right include K-cups, chip bags and bottle caps.