The Kauai Resource Center

Please note:  

4/15/20  Kauai Resource Center update    3460 Ahukini Road  Lihue, HI 96766  (near the airport)

The Kauai Resource Center has partially re-opened to the public for battery recycling and compost bin programs.  Batteries can be deposited in the battery recycling bucket located near the main entrance.  This is for the recycling of alkaline, Ni-Cad or Lithium batteries ONLY.  No lead-acid batteries are accepted at this location.  This program is for residents onlyCompost bin pick up is available every Friday from 8:00am-3:30pm. No appointment is necessary.   

Call 241-4841 with any questions.  Mahalo!



The Kauai Resource Center is open for redemption of plastic, glass, and aluminum beverage containers marked with the HI5 symbol. The facility also has a buy-back program for non-ferrous scrap metal (aluminum, brass, copper and stainless steel). 

Reynold’s Recycling has relocated to the Kauai Resource Center at 3460 Ahukini Road  Lihue, HI 96766  (near the airport)

This Reynolds Recycling location is open to the public every day except Sundays and County holidays.

Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Lunch break, 12:00 pm – 1:30 p.m.

For more information please call:  (808) 245-7233 or visit

Please visit the County’s website for other HI5 redemption centers,

Battery recycling and free composting bins are also available at this facility. Batteries can be deposited in the white battery recycling bucket located near the main entrance. The compost bin distribution is offered every Friday from 8:00am-3:30pm.  No appointment is necessary.  3460 Ahukini Road  Lihue, HI 96766  (near the airport)

The Kauai Resource Center is no longer accepting the non-HI5 recyclables listed below. Businesses should bring recyclables directly to Garden Isle Disposal (GID) located at 2666 Niumalu Rd. in Lihue. GID is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 3:30 pm, closed for lunch from 11-12, and open on Saturday from 8 am to 11 am.  Call 245-2372 for more information. 

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.

ITEMS ACCEPTED from businesses at Garden Isle Disposal: cardboard, mixed paper including newspaper, non-HI5 glass, plastic bottles and jars #1 & #2, and metal cans.

Residents, please use nearest Kauai Recycles drop bins for your recycling needs. See locations and program rules at:



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:

  • FREE Alkaline, Lithium & NiCad battery residents only recycling  (Currently available in a white bucket near the main entrance.)
  • Location of Free Compost Bin distribution.  Compost bin pick up is set up by appointment Monday-Thursday.  Please call 241-4336 to arrange for pick-up of a FREE compost bin. 

Recycling at the Kauai Resource Center

The following items are NO LONGER accepted at this location. Businesses can go to Garden Isle Disposal located at 2666 Niumalu Rd. in Lihue for recycling:

* Mixed Paper (incl. magazines, junk mail, food boxes, etc.) * Cardboard * Newspaper 

* Non HI5:  Plastic #1 * Plastic #2 * Glass

Residents can drop off their recycling at the closest Kauai Recycles drop bin.


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.

***Tours are temporarily unavailable due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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

The Kauai Resource Center is temporarily closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

For information on other Kauai Resource Center Activities, call (808) 241-4841, 241-4337 or 241-4336.