Dumped Tires a Major Problem in Nov. 19 Paakea Road Cleanup

Excerpts from Gordon Y.K. Pang’s “Illegally Dumped Tires Turn Up at Cleanup in Waianae” (Star-Advertiser, 11.20.11):

Tires were the main haul as about 200 volunteers cleared debris from the stream bed that caused flooding along Waianae’s Paakaea Road last January.

Officials from the federal, state and city governments set aside their disagreements about responsibility for the flooding to help lead the effort. Waianae Coast businesses, military personnel and high school groups, including 45 young men from the Youth Challenge Academy, also chipped in muscle and other resources.

The result of the collaboration: one 40-cubic-yard bin each of green waste, metal waste and construction waste; and four bins of tires.

So many tires were collected that much of the haul will need to be stored until cleanup organizers can determine how to dispose of them, said state Sen. Maile Shimabukuro (D, Nanakuli, Makaha).

“Tires are a major epidemic, especially back here where it’s kind of out of sight of the naked eye,” she said.

A major reason is because people need to pay to legally dispose of tires, she said.

On the advice of community leader Mark Suiso, Shimabukuro said she will introduce legislation to have new tires treated like beverage containers by requiring a deposit that people can get back when they return them for recycling.

A second cleanup is scheduled for Dec. 10 along Puuhulu Stream, which has also been prone to flooding.

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In addition to the containers of tires, green waste, construction waste and metal mentioned in the article (the containers, by the way, were donated by Paradise Lua & Schnitzer Steel), the City contributed enormously by hauling several tons of trash and bulky items during the clean up, and paying for the tipping fees. There are many others to thank. A more extensive list of volunteers and donors will be published on my blog (21maile.com) soon. Mahalo nui loa to all for an amazing clean up!  — Sen. Maile Shimabukuro