LIHUE — Under the new Pay-as-You-Throw ordinance, which takes effect in July 2015, customers can choose between a 64- or 96-gallon cart for their automated curbside refuse collection.
These options are available to customers who have 96-gallon carts, as well as to the 9,000 residents around the island who will begin to receive the automated service come July.
The intent of the PAYT ordinance is to encourage residents to engage in more recycling and waste diversion as well as to reduce the amount of trash that goes into the landfill.
The deadline to submit cart selections or opt out of the curbside refuse collection service is March 15.
Customers who wish to keep their 96-gallon carts do not have to notify the county of their selection. However, it should be noted that the new rate for a 96-gallon cart will be $18 per month for the $6 base assessment and a $12 collection fee. This represents a $6 increase over the current monthly rate. If a customer selects a 64-gallon cart, the monthly fee will be $10 per month for the $6 base assessment plus a $4 collection fee. This will result in a $2 decrease from the current monthly rate.