The Kauai Resource Center

The Kauai Resource Center is now open with the exception that HI5 material cannot be redeemed at this time because State Certification for the facility is pending. 

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.
Please visit the County’s website for other HI5 redemption centers,

Battery recycling and free composting bins will still be available. (Compost bin distribution is on Friday from 8:00 am-3:30 pm)

Mahalo for your patience and understanding!

Come visit the  Kauai Resource Center 3460 Ahukini Road near the airport in Lihue!

ITEMS ACCEPTED:  Recycling drop off for Residents and Businesses. The Kauai Resource Center accepts cardboard, newspaper, mixed paper, glass, plastic #1 & #2, steel and aluminum cans, and residentially generated household batteries. 

HOURS OF OPERATION: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 7:30 to 4:15. They are closed for lunch from 11:00 - 11:45, and closed on Wednesdays and Sundays. For information on recycling services, please call Chris Loiseau at 219-308-4518.

Customers please note traffic patterns.  To use Redemption Center and/or drop off recycling, please enter through the gate via the Lihue Transfer Station entrance way (2nd left) and exit using the main gate through the Kaua'i Resource Center parking lot.

The Kauai Resource Center

illustration by Geoff Morris of The Resource Center

The Kaua'i Resource Center was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration, and is managed by the County of Kaua'i Solid Waste Division. This facility has expanded waste diversion opportunities on Kaua'i and created jobs in recycling. It also houses offices for Recycling staff who carry out waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting education programs.

The Kaua'i Resource Center includes:

  • A HI5 Certified Redemption Center
  • FREE recycling drop off for residents and businesses
  • A public reference library on waste diversion
  • FREE packing peanuts and bubble wrap reuse
  • FREE Alkaline, Lithium & NiCad battery residents only recycling
  • Location of Free Compost Bin distribution.  Drop by on Fridays 8 am - 3:30 pm to watch a 10 minute instructional training video and pick-up a FREE compost bin. 

Recycling at the Kauai Resource Center

The Kauai Resource Center accepts recyclable materials from residents and businesses. The following items are accepted for recycling:

 * Mixed Paper (incl. magazines, junk mail, food boxes, etc.)   * Cardboard    * Newspaper    *Household Batteries

* Plastic #1    * Plastic #2    * Aluminum   * Steel Cans     * Glass    * Shipping Peanuts (inside main building) 

Instructions on preparing recyclables see the Residential Drop Bin Program link at left or download the What Goes Where? flyer.

Facility Tours

The Kaua'i Resource Center is open to residents, schools, and community organizations for facility tours.

An appointment is necessary, and tours may be limited by group size. Please call (808) 241-4841 to schedule a tour.

Contact Information

The Kauai Resource Center fronts the Lihue Transfer Station on Ahukini Road.  The Resource Center is approximately 1/2 mile past the airport arrivals/departures lane on your way to Ahukini Pier, and is marked on the left side of the road.

3460 Ahukini Road
Lihue, Hawaii 96766

Building Open: Monday - Friday from 7:45 am to 4:15 pm. Closed weekends and all State Holidays.

For information on other Kauai Resource Center Activities, call (808) 241-4841 or 241-5112.