The Kauai Resource Center

Temporary Closure (Starting 10/14/16)

Effective Wednesday, December 14, the Kaua‘i Resource Center (KRC) will be 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.
Please visit the County’s website for other HI5 redemption centers, 

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. You may call Garden Island Disposal at 245-2372 to discuss recycling hauling services or a potential agreement to accept recyclables. 

Battery recycling and free composting bins will still be available during this temporary closure. Anyone with questions can contact Allison Fraley with the Solid Waste Division at 241-4837. 

Mahalo for your patience and understanding!

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

The facility features a HI-5 deposit redemption center, and FREE recycling drop off for Residents and Businesses. The Kauai Resource Center accepts cardboard, newspaper, mixed paper, glass, plastic #1 & #2, aluminum cans and residentially generated household batteries.  The HI5 Redemption Center is open: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 7:30 to 4:15 (closed for lunch 11 am to 11:45 am) and on Wednesdays and Sundays.  For information on recycling services, please call Garden Isle Disposal at: (808) 245-2372

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. 
  • The last eWaste collection event held  AT THIS LOCATION will be on May 13 and 14 from 7:45 am - 4:15 pm.  FREE to both businesses and residents.  No limits.  All brands accepted. Staff assists with off-loading.  eWaste will be collected at Puhi Metals Recycling starting on June 1.  

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)    * White Paper    * Cardboard    * Newspaper    *Household Batteries

* Plastic #1    * Plastic #2    * Aluminum    * Glass    * Shipping Peanuts (inside main building)  *HI-5 Bi-Metal

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.