Business Recycling

Businesses account for over 50% of Kaua‘i's municipal solid waste stream. Much of what is landfilled can be recovered, reused and recycled into new products while reducing landfill waste and overall disposal costs. Waste and recycling streams vary across business types. There are many opportunities to recycle, and the County's Recycling office provides free technical assistance with development or improvement of business recycling programs. Technical assistance includes: onsite visits, waste stream assessments, reports with detailed recommendations, and staff training. Recycling signs in PDF form are available upon request.

Restrictions on Commercial Disposal of Recyclables

County Ordinance 902 bans the landfill disposal of commercially generated loads exceeding 10% corrugated cardboard, 10% ferrous and non-ferrous metal, or 10% green waste by volume. Businesses and garbage haulers that deliver loads to the landfill that exceed the 10% limit by volume for the specified items will be subject to load rejection and potential penalties from the County.

All businesses that generate corrugated cardboard, ferrous and non-ferrous metal, or green waste need to develop recycling programs to separate these materials from their trash. If businesses have private garbage service, they should contact their hauler for information on separation and hauling of these materials. While the County is enforcing the Ordinance at the landfill and penalizing garbage haulers directly, haulers will be passing fines for non-compliance on to their customers that are in violation.

Corrugated Cardboard:

Cardboard should be flattened with straps and packaging removed. Accepted free of charge for drop off at the locations below:

  • Garden Isle Disposal, Inc. located at 2666 Niumalu Rd. in Līhu‘e. Open Monday to Friday from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm closed for lunch from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm and open Saturday from 7:00 am to 11:00 am.
  • Kaua‘i Community Recycling Services (KCRS) in Kīlauea located at 5-2723 Kūhīo Hwy. behind Kaua‘i Mini Golf. Open Tues. and Fri. from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Scrap Metal:

  • Puhi Metals Recycling Center located at 3951 Puhi Rd. Program, is operated by Resource Recovery Solutions (RRS). Open Mon. - Sat. from 7:30 am - 3:30 pm. Accepts scrap metal from businesses for a fee(PDF, 278KB). Call 245-6919 for more information.
  • Reynolds Recycling located at The Kaua‘i Resource Center, 3460 Ahukini Rd. (near the airport) accepts non-ferrous metals for scrap value. Open every day except for Sunday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, closed for lunch from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm. Redemption of copper requires affidavit of ownership, and application forms are available at Reynolds Recycling in Lihue or can be downloaded at Call 245-7233 for more information.

Green Waste

  • Kaua‘i Nursery and Landscaping in Puhi. Call 245-7747 for tip fees and other information.
  • Heart and Soul Organics in Moloa‘a. Call 823-1007 for tip fees and other information.
  • Green Earth Matters in Moloa‘a. Call 651-2058 for tip fees and other information.
  • DMK Associates in Kekaha. Call 246-2003 for tip fees and other information.
  • Small loads (less than 3/4 ton) are accepted with a commercial tip fee coupon at all County Refuse Transfer Stations and the Landfill. Please call 241-4841 for more information.

Pallets (not restricted from landfill)

  • Green Earth Matters in Moloa‘a. Recycled on site. Call 651-2058 for tip fees and other information.

How to Manage Recyclables Generated at Businesses:

There are a couple of options for Businesses that are interested in recycling what is generated at the workplace, including:

1. Self-haul: Assign a staff member or janitorial service to take them down to Garden Isle Disposal, Inc. in Līhu‘e, located at 2666 Niumalu Rd. in Līhu‘e. Open Monday to Friday from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm closed for lunch from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm and open Saturday from 7:00 am to 11:00 am.

Or, go to Kaua‘i Community Recycling Services (KCRS) in Kīlauea, located 5-2723 Kūhiō Hwy. in the back of the Kaua‘i Mini Golf. Hours of operation are Tues. & Fri. from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, call 645-1676 for more information.

2. Contact a professional hauler (see list below) to set up a service or bins and discuss recycling options and prices available.

Aluminum & Steel Cans: Aluminum cans, foil, pie & food pans. Bi-metal, and steel food cans (soup, veggies, pet food)

Batteries (not including lead acid): Businesses should contact a household hazardous waste disposal vendor. All vendors are located on O‘ahu.

Lead-acid batteries can be brought to most automotive supply shops including Napa, O'Reilly, Autozone, etc. for free drop off.

Hazardous waste/Solvents/Universal waste:

Used oils:

Electronic waste/Printers/Toner Cartridges: eWaste can be dropped off, six days a week, Mon-Sat from 7:30 am - 3:30 pm at Puhi Metals Recycling Facility, located at 3951 Puhi Rd. There is a charge(PDF, 278KB) for large or bulky eWaste from businesses. Call 245-6919 for more information. Click on eWaste link to see a complete list of acceptable items.

Loose toner and ink cartridges are not accepted at Puhi Metals, but can be brought to Hopaco with no limit or brand restrictions.

HI5 Beverage Containers: Plastic, glass, aluminum and bi-metal beverage containers marked with HI5 symbol. Includes soda, water, tea, sports drinks, juice, beer, malt beverages, & mixed spirits. Recommend placing a bin in your break room. Break room recycling bins and labels are available at the County Recycling Office, call 241-4841. Redeem these containers for monetary value. Visit the County Recycling's website Hawai‘i Bottle Bill (HI5) on locations and times of redemption centers around the island.

Mixed Paper: This category includes office paper, computer paper, receipts, paperboard boxes, magazines, newspapers, and books. Recommend providing all employees with a property labeled recycling bin next to the trash cans and copy machines.

Plastics #1 & #2 Bottles and Jars: Look for chasing arrows on the side or under each container. This category includes milk jugs, juice containers, vinegar or vegetable oil containers, detergent and shampoo bottles, etc.

Non HI5 Glass: This category includes food jars, wine bottles, etc.

Reuse, Hauling & Recycling Services:


 Habitat for Humanity ReStore  335-6105
 Ho'omana Inc. Thrift Store  821-2818
 Kaua'i Humane Society Bloomingtails  245-7387
 Mahelona Memorial Hospital Thrift Store                 823-4162
 Recycled Appliances  822-0759/823-0949
 RP's Random Closet  346-0020
 Salvation Army Lihu'e  245-7808
 Salvation Army Hanapepe  335-5441
 Shared Blessing Thrift Store  828-1825
 Talk Story Book Store  335-6469
 Wilcox Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop  245-1320
 Da Warehouse 344-7891



 Pacific Concrete Cutting and Coring in Lihu'e           245-7171 



 Ohana Dump Runs Kaua'i   353-1973
 BLS & KTC Inc.  246-6275
 Kaua'i Curbside Recycling  353-1852
 Garden Isle Disposal  245-2372
 Heart & Soul Organics (green waste only)   853-1007
 JC Sandblasting & Recycle Glass Service  245-2600
 Kaua'i Community Recycling Services (HI5 only)     645-1676
 Rita Equipment Rental & Trash Disposal Inc.  332-8339
 Kaua'i Veterans Express  245-3553
 Pacific Concrete Cutting and Coring in Lihu'e  245-7171
 Trashco  742-1021


Services available to Businesses:

  • The County can provide phone consultation to assist with beginning a new recycling program or improving an existing one. The County can also conduct an on site visit to observe the ways waste is generated, the types of materials that are being used or thrown away, and help develop a customized plan to help reduce the amount of materials being disposed. Call 241-4841 for assistance.