Puhi Metals Recycling Facility

The Puhi Metals Recycling Facility is operated by Resource Recovery Solutions. The mission of the Puhi Metals Recycling Facility is to accept and recycle abandoned, untaxed, derelict and junked motor vehicles, white goods, scrap metal, and other smaller motorized goods such as scooters, lawnmowers, and motorcycles from the County, the general public and commercial entities. 

Services provided by the Puhi Metals Recycling Facility are FREE to residential users.

Commercial recycling is also free, except for a $20 per unit charge for refrigerant containing appliances.

Puhi Metals Facility is operated by: Resource Recovery Solutions

Located at 3951 Puhi Road in Lihue

(808) 245-6919

Open Monday - Saturday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Goods Accepted at Puhi Metals Recycling Facility:

  • Abandoned, untaxed, derelict and junked motor vehicles (with Junking Affidavit from Department of Motor Vehicles)  
  • White goods (Appliances)
  • Scrap metal
  • Lead-acid Auto/Vehicle batteries
  • Tires
  • De-pressurized propane tanks*
  • Other smaller motorized goods (scooters, lawnmowers, and motorcycles)

        *Valves must be removed.

Please remove batteries from BBQ grills with electronic igniters before disposal. Please see your owners manual or call the manufacturer for information.

White goods must be segregated into two categories: Type 1 - containing no refrigerant (i.e. water heaters, clothes washers and dryers, stoves and ranges), and


Type 2 - containing refrigerant/freon (i.e. refrigerators, freezers or air conditioners).

Non-Ferrous Scrap Metal Redemption

Reynolds Recycling Nawiliwili 245-7233 
Open Tues. – Sat. 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; closed for lunch 12 pm – 1:30 pm. Located at corner of Wilcox & Kanoa St. in Nāwiliwili Harbor in Līhu'e. Accepts scrap aluminum, copper, and stainless steel and pays out at market value. Redemption of copper requires notarized affidavit of ownership. 

EH International    652-8486
Open Mon. – Fri. 8:00 am to 4:00 pm; 1780 Haleukana St. in Puhi. Accepts aluminum, copper, brass, stainless steel scrap and auto-parts include radiators, transmissions, alternators, air con radiators (no fluids or other hazardous materials) and pays out at market value. Redemption of copper requires notarized affidavit of ownership.

Residents Recycle Scrap Metal & Appliances for FREE

Scrap Metal and Appliances (White Goods) are accepted for recycling at all Refuse Transfer Stations. These items are also accepted at the Landfill. In the Lihue area, you can drop your scrap metal at the *Lihue Refuse Transfer Station or at the Puhi Metals Recycling Facility. *Lihue RTS does not accept white goods and appliances, these would go directly to Puhi Metals.

Examples of acceptable appliances (White Goods) include stoves, washers, dryers, microwaves.  Refrigerators and air conditioning units (containing Freon).  Examples of acceptable scrap metals includes barbecues, shelving, and water heaters. Lawn mowers and weed whackers can be deposited with scrap metal at transfer stations only if fuel, battery (if applicable), and oil is removed. Lawn mowers containing fuel, batteries, and oil can be taken to the the Puhi Metals Recycling Facility. Objects must be at least 50% metal to be accepted.

Propane Tank Recycling

RESIDENTS: Propane tanks with VALVES INTACT ONLY are accepted from residents free of charge at the Hanalei, Kapaa, Lihue, and Hanapepe Refuse Transfer Stations. Tanks smaller than 5 gallons are not accepted and may be disposed in the regular trash. Tanks larger than 20 gallons (40 pounds) are not accepted at the the Refuse Transfer Stations.  The Puhi Metals Recycling Facility (245-6919) will accept tanks exceeding 20 gallons. There is a fee to remove valves. Note - do not attempt to remove valves yourself. Valve removal should be conducted by trained professionals only.  Residentially generated tanks without valves should be taken to the Puhi Metals Recycling Facility. 


BUSINESSES: Commercial haulers are required to dispose of depressurized tanks at the Puhi Metals Recycling Facility. Propane Tanks of all sizes are accepted free of charge at the Puhi Metals Facility if  the valve has been removed so that it can be visually determined that there are absolutely no fluids contained within the cylinder. Note - do not attempt to remove valves yourself. Valve removal should be conducted by trained professionals only. Puhi Metals will accept tanks with valves for a fee.  


Gaspro (245-6766) accepts old tanks for recycling if you purchase a new tank from them.  Home Depot (632-2740)offers a discount on a new tank if you bring your old tank in for recycling. Call for details.