Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan - Introduction

In February 2010, the County Council adopted the Kauai County's Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan Update (ISWMP).  The ISWMP represents a “roadmap” setting the County's vision for the future management of municipal solid waste. The planning goal was to develop a financially feasible plan for the residents of Kauai that maximizes waste diversion, ensures adequate disposal capacity, and protects the health of the state.

Several stakeholders contributed to drafting the document, including: the County's consultant, R.W. Beck; County administration, County Public Works staff, and members of the County Council; a Solid Waste Advisory Committee appointed by Mayor Bryan Baptiste and comprised of Kauai residents and business representatives; as well as the general public. The planning process was complex, and included several Council workshops, public meetings, advisory committee meetings, and input from the State Department of Health. The draft ISWMP was sent out for public comment from April 9, 2009 to June 9, 2009. Appendix C of the final ISWMP contains a summary of public comments that were received, as well as associated responses to the comments.

The ISWMP provides information on current solid waste management practices, and also provides recommendations and associated costs for program improvements. Issues addressed in the ISWMP include: source reduction and reuse, recycling and bioconversion, special wastes, hazardous and electronic waste, public education and information, transfer stations and landfills, refuse collection, materials and marketing procurement, alternative technologies to landfill, landfill, facility siting strategies, and a solid waste system cost analysis.

If you have questions about the ISWMP, please contact Allison Fraley at 241-4837.

Document Repository

Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan
Wednesday, January 19, 2011

September 2009

Central Composting Facility Plan
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Central Composting Facility Plan
County Council Workshop Presentation
Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan Update
Monday, June 8, 2009

Plan update March 2009. The 60-day public review period for the county's draft Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan (ISWMP) update starts today and ends on June 9.

Action Plan
Friday, March 30, 2007
Executive Summary of the Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan with timeline for implementation
Section 14: Final Draft Issue Paper
Tuesday, November 7, 2006
Section 3 - Source Reduction Issue Paper
Monday, October 2, 2006
The purpose of this paper is to characterize the County’s current source reduction
efforts and provide recommendations to improve source reduction and increase waste
diversion in the County.
Section 10A Waste to Energy
Monday, October 2, 2006
The Waste–To-Energy (WTE) industry emerged in the United States in the 1970s due
to several factors. The Arab Oil Embargo resulted in oil and energy prices increasing
Section 10B Anaerobic Digestion
Monday, October 2, 2006
Anaerobic Digestion (AD) in the broadest sense is a process to degrade organic
material in the absence of oxygen. Therefore, AD breaks down the organic fraction of
waste. This includes paper, yard waste, food waste, and other organic wastes....
Section 13 - Solid Waste System Cost Analysis and Rate Study
Monday, October 2, 2006
The purpose of this section is to present the key assumptions, methodology and results
of the solid waste system cost analysis and rate study.
Section 4B - Bioconversion Issue Paper
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Section 6 - COK - Household Hazardous Waste & Electronic Waste Issue Paper
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Section 9 Materials Marketing and Procurement
Monday, July 24, 2006
Section 4A Recycling
Monday, July 24, 2006
Section 2 Planning Period Projections
Monday, July 24, 2006
Section 1 Overview of Existing System
Monday, July 24, 2006
Waste Characterization
Friday, July 21, 2006

Public Meetings

Public Meeting Minutes - Friday, April 28, 2006
Power Point Presentation - Tuesday, March 28, 2006