Plastic #1 (PET) and Plastic #2 (HDPE) are accepted for recycling throughout the island at eight locations through the Kaua'i Recycles Program Residential Drop Bin Program. Plastic #1: Clear plastic. It is also a container type that is included under the Hawaii Deposit Beverage Container (HI5) Program. Beverages such as water, sodas, juices, sports drinks, and even beer bottled in #1 plastic are redeemable under the HI5 Program. Plastic #2: Opaque plastic; commonly detergent and shampoo bottles, milk jugs. Plastics #3-#7 are not recyclable on Kaua'i because they have low market value and we do not have a materials recovery facility on island to manage this material at this time.
Clean plastic shopping bags are accepted for recycling at Foodland in Princeville.
Since plastic is expensive to recycle and problematic to the environment, we encourage source reduction for this material. If possible, please make efforts to purchase sodas in aluminum, which requires the least amount of resources to recycle. Purchase food products and juice in a glass container instead of plastic.
Reuse shopping bags, bring your own canvas bag and/or limit the number of bags you accept at the store. For more information on Reusable Shopping Bags, see the Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance link on this website.