Shredded paper (no confetti, no micro shred) is recyclable through the Kauaʻi Recycles program. Shredded paper must be bagged, and placed in the Newspaper section of the Kauai Recycles bins. The County cannot assure the confidentiality of sensitive documents that are shredded and deposited in County programs.
The most secure option for recycling sensitive or confidential documents is to hire a document destruction company that is certified, insured, and bonded to accept sensitive documents. They charge a premium price for service due to the necessary insurance and security required to assure that the records are properly shredded and recycled. Please contact these businesses for pricing and further information: Shred-It: (808) 841-8833 & Access Information: (808) 848-7776.
Backyard composting is also a great way to “recycle” shredded paper, especially paper that has a very small shred width. Shredded paper is a good source of carbon, which is the main ingredient to a compost pile. Residents are eligible to receive a free Earth Machine Composting Bin through the Kauaʻi Resource Center after viewing a brief training video. Call 241-4841 for more information.
There are two companies that can provide shredding and recycling services for confidential records here on Kauai. Please contact these businesses for pricing and further information: Shred-It: (808) 841-8833 & Access Information: (808) 848-7776. These companies are certified, insured, and bonded to accept sensitive documents, they charge a premium price for service due to the necessary insurance and security required to assure that the records are properly shredded and recycled. Call for more information.
If the price of certified, insured, and bonded shredding services is prohibitive, we suggest that businesses sort high security documents and perform internal shredding. Paper with shred width of 1/4" or larger are accepted for recycling free of charge at
- Garden Isle Disposal, Inc. located at 2666 Niumalu Rd. in Lihue. Open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 3:30 pm, closed for lunch from 11 am to 12 pm, open Saturday, from 7 am to 11 am.
- Due to COVID-19, Garden Isle Disposal has temporarily modified their hours of service for accepting commercial recyclables at their recycling warehouse in Nawiliwili. Their new hours of service are: Monday through Saturday, 7:00am to 2:00pm with a closure for lunch from 11:00am-12:00pm.
- 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