Have tried to be tolerant but the issue keeps getting worse. Last night it started at 3:45 in the morning with the emptying of dumpsters across the street at, behind and in the surrounding area of The Ritz Carlton. The noise of the back up vehicles is annoying in itself but these dumpster s apparently have a lot of glass in them from the nightclubs in the vicinity and then the shutting of the metal lids kept a number of us up all night. It seemed non stop till well past 6:00 in the morning. I don’t feel I have to close my doors and windows if I choose not to and if so it only dulls the already loud noise. With the Ritz Carlton building across the street the street noise in EVERY sense has increased as noise is bouncing off of the buildings. I hear conversations on the street like they are in my living/bedroom on the top floor of my building. Can you not station yourself there at the early hours of the morning to hear this yourself ? This was on a Friday night but it is not exclusive to that night.
Quieter O'ahu Response:
We hear this complaint frequently. VERY frequently. Waikiki as you have probably noticed is undergoing a huge surge in development. The Ritz Carton was a part of that development, but expect to see more, and more accompanying noise. It sounds that your complaint probably has two components, first - the loud noise generally associated with refuse collection: vehicle noise, metal-on-metal noise, and noise of emptying and replacing containers; second - the backup warning noise emitted from commercial vehicles. Either of these is distressing. When combined they are often intolerable.
Here's the link to the current O'ahu Noise Reference Manual. http://health.hawaii.gov/irhb/files/2017/08/noiserefoahu.pdf There are references to Garbage Truck, if they are city and county vehicles, and for backup warning signals. For city and county trucks there is a number to call to register a complain, but from past experience we haven't heard of much success. For warning signals the city and county have laws mandating that commercial vehicles employ these warnings, and while we have tried to gain traction in modifying this law so that it is used only during daylight hours there has so far been no success. However, we have heard from subscribers that they have had modest success in contacting the commercial garbage collection service(s) and complaining about noise at specific pickup locations. Sometimes these companies will direct their drivers to be sensitive to community complaints and "sometimes" noise is mitigated. Too, you might consider contacting the Ritz Carlton with your complaint. It is often in their interest to caution their contractors than face organized community pushback and bad press. Absent that, things will remain unchanged until we elect legislators who understand the impact of noise on the community, and enact sensible ordinance and statutes to restore some degree of quiet.
Wish we could have provided a better response, but this is a long-standing problem of commerce clashing with community and our lawmakers seems to favor commerce.