Business Recycling

Businesses account for over 50% of Kauai's municipal solid waste stream.  Much of what is landfilled can be recovered, reused and recycled into new products while reducing landfill waste and overall disposal costs.  Waste and recycling streams vary across business types. There are many opportunities to recycle, and the County's Recycling office provides free technical assistance with development or improvement of business recycling programs. Technical assistance includes: onsite visits, waste stream assessments, reports with detailed recommendations, and staff training. Templates of recycling signs, recycling labels, and recycling bins are available as well. 

Restrictions on Commercial Disposal of Recyclables

County Ordinance 902 bans the landfill disposal of commercially generated loads exceeding 10% corrugated cardboard, 10% ferrous and non-ferrous metal, or 10% green waste by volume. Businesses and garbage haulers that deliver loads to the landfill that exceed the 10% limit by volume for the specified items will be subject to load rejection and potential penalties from the County.

All businesses that generate corrugated cardboard, ferrous and non-ferrous metal, or green waste need to develop recycling programs to separate these materials from their trash. If businesses have private garbage service, they should contact their hauler for information on separation and hauling of these materials. While the County is enforcing the Ordinance at the landfill and penalizing garbage haulers directly, haulers will be passing fines for non-compliance on to their customers that are in violation.

Corrugated Cardboard:

Accepted free of charge for drop off at the locations below:

  • Kaua'i Resource Center (KRC) located at 3460 Ahukini Rd. in LIhue. Open Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sat from 7:30 am - 4:15 pm. Closed for lunch from 11 am -11:45 am. 
  • Garden Isle Disposal (GID) located at 2666 Niumalu Rd. in Lihue.  Open Mon. - Fri. from 7 am to 4:30 pm. ,Sat. from 8 am- 12 noon. Call 245-2372 for more information. 
  • Kaua'i Community Recycling Services (KCRS) in Kilauea located at 5-2723 Kuhio Hwy. behind Kaua'i Mini Golf. Open Tues. and Fri.  from 8 am - 4 pm. 

Scrap Metal:

  • Puhi Metals Recycling Center located at 3951 Puhi Rd. Program operated by Resource Recovery Solutions (RRS).  Open Mon. - Sat. from 8 am - 4 pm. Accepts ferrous metal free of charge. Also accepts non-ferrous metal for no scrap value. Call 245-6919 for more information. 
  • Reynolds Recycling located at the corner of Wilcox and Kanoa St. in Nawiliwili Harbor accepts non-ferrous metals for scrap value.  Open Tues.- Sat. from 9 am - 5 pm, closed for lunch from 12 noon - 1:30 pm.  Redemption of copper requires affidavit of ownership, and application forms are available at Nawiliwili or can be downloaded at www.reynoldsrecycling.com Call 245-7233 for more information. 
  • EH International located at 1780 Haleukana St. in Puhi accepts non-ferrous metals for scrap value. Open Mon.-Fri. from 8 am-4 pm.  

Green Waste

  • Kaua'i Nursery and Landscaping in Puhi.  Call 245-7747 for more information. 
  • Heart and Soul Organics in Moloa'a. Call 823-1077 for more information.
  • Small loads (less than 3/4 ton) are accepted with a commercial tip fee coupon at all County Refuse Transfer Stations and the Landfill.  Please call 241-4841 for more information. 

How to Manage Recyclables Generated at Businesses:

There are a couple of options for Businesses that are interested in recycling what is generated at the workplace, including:

1. Self-haul: Assign a staff member or janitorial service to take them down to the Kauai Resource Center (KRC) in Lihue, located at 3460 Ahukini Rd. next to the the Lihue Transfer Station. Hours of operation are Mon., Tues., Thurs. & Fri. from 7:30 am- 4:15 pm, closed for lunch from 11 am-11:45 am, call 245-2372 for more information.  Or, go to Kauai Community Recycling Services (KCRS) in Kilauea, located 5-2723 Kuhio Hwy. in the back of the Kauai Mini Golf. Hours of operation are Tues. & Fri. from 8 am - 4 pm, call 645-1676 for more information. 

2. Contact a professional hauler (see list below) to set up a service or bins and discuss recycling options and prices available.

Aluminum & Steel Cans: Aluminum cans, foil, pie & food pans.  Bi-metal, and steel food cans (soup, veggies, pet food)

Batteries: Businesses should contact a household hazardous waste disposal vendor. All vendors are located on Oahu. 

  • Pacific Enviromental Corp.-(80) 545-5195
  • Enviroservices & Training Center- (808) 839-7222
  • Pacific Commercial Services- (808) 545-4599

Electronic waste/Printers/Toner Cartridges: Ewaste can be dropped off, six days a week, Mon-Sat from 8 am - 4 pm at Puhi Metals Recycling Facility, located at 3951 Puhi Rd. There is no charge for businesses or no restriction on quantity.  Call 245-6919 for more information. Click on ewaste link to see a complete list of acceptable items. 

HI5 Beverage Containers: Plastic, glass, aluminum and bi-metal beverage containers marked with HI5 symbol.  Includes soda, water, tea, sports drinks, juice, beer, malt beverages, & mixed spirits. Recommend placing a bin in your break room.  Break room recycling bins and labels are available at the County Recycling Office, call 241-4841. Redeem these containers for monetary value. Visit the County Recycling's website Hawaii Bottle Bill (HI5) on locations and times of redemption centers around the island.

Mixed Paper: This category includes office paper, computer paper, receipts, paperboard boxes, magazines and books. Recommend providing all employees with a a property labeled recycling bin next to the trash cans and copy machines.

Newspaper: Newspaper should be collected separately. 

Plastics #1 & #2: Look for chasing arrows on the side or under each container. This category includes milk jugs, juice containers, molded plastics, vinegar or vegetable oil containers, detergent and shampoo bottles, etc.  

Non HI5 Glass: This category includes food jars, wine bottles, etc. 

HI5 Beverage Containers: Plastic, glass, aluminum and bi-metal beverage containers marked with HI5 symbol.  Includes soda, water, tea, sports drinks, juice, beer, malt beverages, & mixed spirits. Recommend placing a bin in your break room.  Break room recycling bins and labels are available at the County Recycling Office, call 241-4841. Redeem these containers for monetary value. Visit the County Recycling's website Hawaii Bottle Bill (HI5) on locations and times of redemption centers around the island.

Reuse, Hauling & Recycling Services:

REUSE OPTIONS:

Curbside Recycling....................................353-1852
Craigslist.....................................................www.craigslist.org
Habitat for Humanity....................................335-6105
Ho'omana Inc. Thrift Store...........................821-2818
Island Liquidators (furniture)........................245-6911 
Kaua'i Humane Society Bloomingtails..........245-7387
Mahelona Memorial Hospital  Thrift Shop.....823-4162
Recycled Appliances.....................................822-0759/823-0949
Restore Kaua'i..............................................639-3343
Salvation Army Lihue....................................245-7808
Salvation Army Hanapepe.............................335-5441
Shared Blessings Thrift Store........................828-1825
Talk Story Book Store....................................335-6469
Wilcox Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop.............245-1320

Concrete & Asphalt

  • Pacific Concrete Cutting and Coring in Lihue,.........................245-7171

RECYCLING & WASTE HAULING SERVICES:

BLS Rolloff..........................................................742-9412
Garden Isle Disposal..........................................245-2372
Heart and Soul Organics (green waste only).....823-1007
JC Sandbalst & Recycle Glass Service...............245-2600
Kaua'i Community Recycling Service..................645-1676
L & T Recycling Services....................................652-5654
Trashco...............................................................742-1021

 

Services available to Businesses:

  • The County will conduct a facility site visit known as a waste assessment. During a waste assessment our staff will visit your business or school to observe the types of materials that are being used or thrown away and assist in developing a plan to reduce the amount of material being land filled and make suggestions to develop a recycling program. Call 241-4841 to set up a waste assessment.