His­toric Ewa rail­way gets a makeover from area vol­un­teers

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The city’s Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices launched the fi­nal phase of its is­land wide curb­side re­cy­cling pro­gram May 3, with the re­main­ing 36,000 homes on au­to­mated col­lec­tion ser­vice join­ing the three-cart pickup of refuse, mixed re­cy­clables and green waste.

Ser­vice now ex­tends to house­holds in Waipahu, West Loch, Ewa, Makak­ilo, Kapolei, Nanakuli and Wa­ianae.

“I am very pleased to see the be­gin­ning of the com­ple­tion of our curb­side re­cy­cling pro­gram, which … has now grown to in­clude 160,000 homes,” said Mayor Mufi Han­ne­mann.

Cur­rent col­lec­tion days will re­main the same — Mon­day and Thurs­day; Tues­day and Fri­day; or Wed­nes­day and Satur­day — but of­fi­cials said a few neigh­bor­hoods will see a change in days. A onemonth tran­si­tion pe­riod with con­tin­ued twice-weekly refuse pickup will pro­vide time to as­sim­i­late into the new sys­tem.

For col­lec­tion sched­ules, sort­ing tips and more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.opala.org or call 768-3200.

Vol­un­teers from Ro­tary clubs in Kapolei, Pearl Har­bor, Mililani and Wahi­awa join stu­dents from Kapolei, Waipahu, Ewa Beach, Nanakuli and Mililani high schools to paint freight cars (top) and pick up lit­ter (bot­tom) April 24 as part of a vol­un­teer day along the his­toric Ewa rail­way. Pho­tos by Dan Ful­len­wider.

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