Program Information

Pay As You Throw (PAYT)
Variable Rate for Refuse Collection

Pay as You Throw (PAYT) is a variable rate for refuse collection service under which residents are charged for service in relation to the volume of the refuse cart requested by the customer. This “fee-for-service” option provides an economic incentive to the customer for reducing trash and increasing recycling and waste diversion behaviors. PAYT is utilized by more than 7,000 communities across the nation. The program is recommended in the Kauaʻi County Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan, and is endorsed by the EPA which funded the development of the attached PAYT plan for the County of Kauaʻi. PAYT provides equitable rates for customers who divert waste. The program is anticipated to reduce residential disposal by 17%.

PAYT Ordinance 975 was recently passed by the Kaua‘i County Council in October 2014 and went into effect in July 2015. A PDF of the ordinance is attached below.

Under the new PAYT ordinance, residents are given a choice of refuse cart sizes with associated fees:

photo of 96 gallon and 64 gallon carts

Property owners: see below to download the application form and to select your cart size 

In conjunction with the PAYT program, the County introduced automated refuse collection to all customers on the North shore.   

Click here to view the Frequently Asked Questions.

If you have questions or concerns about the program, please contact:

County of Kauaʻi Public Works,  Solid Waste Division

(808) 241-4091  (Monday-Friday)