Kauai Battery Recycling

Pile of 9 volt batteries


Why Recycle Batteries?

Batteries are made from base metals, plastics and toxic heavy metals including lead, cadmium, zinc, lithium, and mercury. Recycled batteries will be taken apart and many of the materials will be recovered and used to make new batteries or something else. If you throw your batteries into the trash they well be taken to a landfill where toxic heavy metals, over time, may leach into the ground water, potentially causing soil and water pollution. With the expansion of electric vehicles and large battery storage arrays associated with power generation, these metals are in high demand. Recycling your batteries helps reduce the need for the strip mining of these metals and keeps them out of landfills where they will be lost for the future production of batteries.

Battery Recycling

Residents Recycle Household Batteries Year-Round at Kauaʻi Resource Center

3460 Ahukini Road
Līhu‘e, HI 96766
(near the airport)

Residents may drop off their alkaline, NiCad, or Lithium (Li-ion) batteries inside the main entrance at the Kaua‘i Resource Center. This program is reserved for residents only and no lead acid batteries are accepted at this location. Please call 241-4841 with any questions.

The following battery types are accepted under this program:

Alkaline Dry Cell     NiCad     Lithium

Batteries are separated into three categories described below. Terminals of batteries 9 volt and higher must be taped prior to recycling. Please place duct tape or electrical tape on 9 volt terminals to avoid sparking. Thank you for your cooperation.

Alkaline (Dry Cell): Non-rechargeable batteries such as those used for household devices includes A, AA, AAA, C, D, DD, 6 and 9 volt batteries. 9 volt batteries or higher; please place duct tape on terminals to avoid sparking prior to recycling.

NiCad/NiMH: Are typically rechargeable and come is several types. Common uses are for cameras, rechargeable appliances, (portable power tools) and handheld vacuums.

Lithium (Li-ion): Common uses are for cameras, calculators, watches, computers and cell phones.

Batteries accepted year-round at the Kaua‘i Resource Center 3460 Ahukini Rd in Līhu‘e. Battery collection is available daily from 7:45am-4:00pm; closed on all County holidays. Program is for residents only. No Lead-acid, UPS or APC batteries. Businesses, non-profits, and governmental agencies are prohibited.


The household battery recycling program is a residential program only. Businesses, non-profits, and governmental agencies are prohibited from disposing of batteries through this program.

Businesses are required to properly manage Ni-Cad/Ni-Metal Hydride and Lithium (Li-ion) batteries through a permitted hazardous waste disposal company.

Alkaline batteries are not hazardous and no longer contain mercury. The other metal components can be properly managed through normal refuse services in small quantities.

Please see the Department of Health's hauler list located at:


Direct link: Hauler list

Please take Lead Acid Batteries (Vehicle, Auto) to one of the following:

  • Costco 4300 Nuhou St, Līhu‘e (808) 241-4000. Pays out for those purchased on-site.
  • Napa Auto Parts 4404 Rice St Līhu‘e (808) 245-9561. Pays out for those purchased in store.
  • Napa Auto Parts 2-2495 Kaumuali‘i Hwy Kalāheo (808) 332-8532. Pays out for those purchased in store.
  • Napa Auto Parts 980 Kipuni Way Kapa‘a (808) 823-6211. Pays out for those purchased in store.
  • O'Reilly Auto Parts 4428 Kukui Grove St. Līhu‘e (808) 245-8807. Store credit, $5 per battery.
  • PS&D Tires* 4004 Rice St, Līhu‘e (808) 245-9502. Pays out for those purchased in store.
  • Puhi Metals 3951 Puhi Road Līhu‘e (808) 245-6919.
  • County of Kaua‘i's Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection event for residents only.

*Accepts industrial and forklift batteries.

Loose UPC and APC batteries are not accepted at Puhi Metals for eWaste Recycling. Batteries must be housed in the original unit. Loose batteries can be dropped off at any Napa or at EH international.



Home Depot 4320 Nuhou St Līhu‘e (808) 632-2740 accepts rechargeable NiCad or Lithium batteries used in power tools from residents only. See front entrance of store for collection box.

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