Intermittent Closures of Redemption Centers throughout the Island - Thursday, January 19, 2017

Redemption Center locations throughout the Island are experiencing intermittent closures while a new recycling processor mobilizes.

Locations and operational status of redemption centers are listed below: 

KCRS Koloa site is closed (3/26/17) - in observance of Prince Kuhio Day

Redemption center located at the Kauai Resource Center in Lihue is closed til further notice.

Temporary Closure of the Kauai Resource Center (starting 12/14/16) - Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Kaua‘i Resource Center (KRC) is temporarily closed as the County transitions to a new vendor and the permitting, contracting, and mobilization processes for the new contract are completed.

A public announcement will be made regarding the reopening of the Kaua‘i Resource Center, which is expected to take place at the beginning of the New Year.

An alternate HI5 Certified Redemption is available in Līhu‘e:
Reynold’s HI5 Redemption Center
Corner of Wilcox & Kanoa Road, Nāwiliwili Harbor
Tuesday through Saturday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Lunch break, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Residentially generated recyclables should be taken to the Kaua‘i Recycles bins in the back parking lot of K-Mart.
Recyclables generated by businesses will no longer be accepted at Garden Isle Disposal’s (GID) facility in Nāwiliwili, as that service was part of the County’s contract with GID which is ending on December 13. Please call 241-4837 for more information on commercial recycling.

Battery recycling and free composting bins will still be available during this temporary closure.  

Mahalo for your patience and understanding!


Welcome to the County Recycling Office Online

recycling logoThe County Recycling Office funds and administers residential recycling programs, educates about waste diversion opportunities, and provides technical assistance to commercial agencies.  

The Recycling Rate on Kauai is 44%, which is above the national average of 35%. Kauai is doing extremely well for a rural community. Please use the links on this page for detailed descriptions and information on each of the various programs. Contact our office for further information.

Help keep our Garden Isle Green - Recycle!

Contact Information

Main Recycling Line:
(808) 241-4841
Keola Aki,
: (808) 241-4195
Allison Fraley
Phone: (808) 241-4837
Leah Tischler, HI5 Specialist
: (808) 241-5112
Emily Medeiros
Phone: (808) 241-4439

Charlie Tronoff, HI5 Specialist
(808) 241-5120

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What's New in Recycling for Kauai!

County of Kauai Recycle Coach

What's New?

The Residential Recycling Bins at the Ele'ele Shopping Center have been relocated!

The recycling bins at the Ele'ele Shopping Center have been relocated to the Hanapepe Refuse Transfer Station.  Call the Recycling Office at 241-4841 for more information. 

New eWaste collection location!

Starting Wed. June 1, eWaste can be dropped off 6 days a week at Puhi Metals Recycling Facility, during their regular hours of operation, Mon-Sat. from 8 am-4 pm.

Open to Businesses and Residents for Free!  Drop off obsolete or unwanted electronics.  No quantity limits.  All brands accepted.  Staff will assist with off-loading.  

Press Release for eWaste Recycling New Location (PDF)


FREE Composting Bins available at the County!

The County of Kaua'i is offering free composting bins for Kaua'i residents!  To obtain your bin come to the Kauai Resource Center in Lihue Fridays between 8:00 am and 3:30 pm  and watch a 10 minute instructional video, and fill out a registration form. Call 241-4841 for more information.

Residential Battery Recycling Program!

Bring Lithium, NiCad and Alkaline (dry cell) batteries to Kaua'i Resource Center (KRC) open Monday-Friday from 7:45 am to 4:15 pm.  KRC located at 3460 Ahukini Road (near the airport in Lihue and fronting the Lihue Transfer Station). 

Please place batteries in the appropriate barrel (see labels).  Car batteries are not accepted. Take a moment to sort and avoid contamination.  Terminals of Batteries 9 volt and higher must be taped.  Tape available at KRC.  Program is for residents only! 

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Car (lead acid) batteries and UPS batteries are NOT accepted.  Car batteries accepted at Costco, Napa Auto Parts, PS&D Tires, Puhi Metals and E-H International. 

UPS batteries accepted at County of Kaua'i eWaste event collection 2nd Friday/Saturday of month at KRC.  Call Recycling Office at 241-4841 with questions or concerns. 


Recycling on Kaua'i

The County Recycling office works under the County of Kaua'i Solid Waste Division. Our goal is to maximize waste diversion on Kaua'i by implementing and supporting convenient and economical programs, and promoting all existing diversion opportunities on the island.

Why Recycle? Landfill space is a precious commodity, and is in short supply, especially here on Kaua'i. A community-wide recycling effort will postpone the need for future landfills and could save millions of dollars in siting and operational costs. Recycling saves valuable materials, like paper fibers and metals that can be reprocessed, reducing the need for virgin products. Recycling also reduces the use of water and energy sources such as oil, coal, and gas.

Diverting waste is more than recycling. In order to make a true impact in preserving our landfill and our beautiful island, we must all take responsibility for the garbage we produce on a daily basis, and make conscious choices to limit our waste by implementing the 4 R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot (compost). To learn more about waste diversion, please contact the Count Recycling Office at (808) 241-4841, and schedule a visit to our Waste Diversion Reference Library.