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Thursday, May 5, 2022
Electronic Waste Contest Prize Give Away Held Wednesday, May 4

The Public Works Solid Waste Division distributed prizes to the lucky winners of the March Electronic Waste (eWaste) contest on Wednesday, May 4.

Students from all over the island were tasked with turning in eWaste to Resource Recovery Solutions who operate the Puhi Metals Recycling Facility through the month of May for a chance to win.

This year’s theme was to get back out outside and adventure. Many of the prizes were for adventure tours including zip lining, ATV rides, Na Pali Boat tours, and horse back riding. Some prizes were purchased for younger students that may not have been able to participate in the age restricted tours including Fun Factory gift cards and iPads. “For a lot of local families these tours may be out of reach due to the cost, so we were overjoyed to be allowed to offer them to the students.” Noted The County’s Recycling Programs Coordinator Keola Aki.

The contest is funded by a State Department of Health grant awarded to the County to promote eWaste recycling on Kaua‘i via the State’s eWaste Recycling Law which mandates that electronic manufacturers provide funding to recycle eWaste in the State.

The Solid Waste Division appreciates all the parents and students that participated in making a difference on Kaua‘i by keeping eWaste out of our landfill. The Division would also like to thank the Department of Health for their support as well as the tour agencies that provided free or discounted tour packages for the students.

Electronic waste recycling is available on Kaua‘i Monday to Friday from 7:30 to 3:30 at the Puhi Metals Recycling Facility located at 3951 Puhi Road.

For questions eWaste recycling or recycling in general, please call 808-241-4841.

Top Row left to right- Tawna Bensaid, Keola Aki, Mayor, Shantelle Rego, Allison Fraley, Daezsa Tomas-Tamagawa  Bottom Row left to right- Courtney Faria, Azalea Pancho, Apollo Margado, Noah Chong, Samantha Campbell, Orion Ishino, Malaika Mobley, Micah Yamamoto, Juliette Rosales O’Shaughnessy, Malie Miyazaki

Top Row left to right- Tawna Bensaid, Keola Aki, Mayor, Shantelle Rego, Allison Fraley, Daezsa Tomas-Tamagawa

Bottom Row left to right- Courtney Faria, Azalea Pancho, Apollo Margado, Noah Chong, Samantha Campbell, Orion Ishino, Malaika Mobley, Micah Yamamoto, Juliette Rosales O’Shaughnessy, Malie Miyazaki


Wednesday, December 29, 2021
2022 Holiday Schedule

Link to the County of Kauai's Holiday Schedule 

These dates may differ from the Public Works Solid Waste Non-Operational Days which can be found here Solid Waste Non-Operational Days.

Welcome to the County Recycling Office Online

recycling logoThe County Recycling Office funds and administers residential recycling programs, educates about waste diversion opportunities, and provides technical assistance to commercial agencies.  

The Recycling Rate on Kaua'i is 43%, which is above the national average of 35%. Kaua'i is doing extremely well for a rural community. Please use the links on this page for detailed descriptions and information on each of the various programs. Contact our office for further information or see https://www.kauai.gov/WDR. This site also includes the 2017 Waste Composition study of the Kekaha landfill showing all the material that is collected there.

The County Recycling office works under the County of Kaua'i Solid Waste Division. Our goal is to maximize waste diversion on Kaua'i by implementing and supporting convenient and economical programs, and promoting all existing diversion opportunities on the island.

Where does our recycling go? Currently, Kaua‘i’s recyclables are marketed to Asian regions (excluding China) with the exception of HI5 glass which is sent to California for remanufacturing in to new bottles and Non-HI5 glass which stays on Kaua‘i and is used in construction, landscaping, art, and other projects. The exact end destination for each commodity changes depending on market prices and who is accepting material at the time.

Why Recycle? Landfill space is a precious commodity, and is in short supply, especially here on Kaua'i. A community-wide recycling effort will postpone the need for future landfills and could save millions of dollars in siting and operational costs. Recycling saves valuable materials, like paper fibers and metals that can be reprocessed, reducing the need for virgin products. Recycling also reduces the use of water and energy sources such as oil, coal, and gas.

Is Recycling Worth it Anymore? NPR has a good video produced in April, 2021 that talks about recycling in America and what issues all municipalities throughout the US are facing. We highly recommend viewing it to see what our island faces when it comes to diverting waste from our landfill- NPR: IS RECYCLING WORTH IT ANYMORE?

Is the County looking at curbside recycling? Curbside collection of recyclable material and organic waste has been considered in the past and will be under review as part of our new Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan (ISWMP) Update. The construction of a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) is required in order to facilitate curbside recycling. This facility is essential for incoming material to be efficiently sorted. If you’re interested in the ISWMP Update process please see https://www.kauai.gov/ISWMP.

Diverting waste is more than recycling. In order to make a true impact in preserving our landfill and our beautiful island, we must all take responsibility for the garbage we produce on a daily basis, and make conscious choices to limit our waste by implementing the 4 R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot (compost). To learn more about waste diversion, please contact the County Recycling Office at (808) 241-4841, and schedule a visit to our Waste Diversion Reference Library.

Help keep our Garden Isle Green - Recycle!

Contact Information

Main Recycling Line:
(808) 241-4841
solidwaste@kauai.gov

Keola Aki  
Recycling Program Coordinator

Email: kaki@kauai.gov

 

Allison Fraley
Solid Waste 
Program Coordinator

Email: afraley@kauai.gov

Tawna Bensaid 
HI5 Specialist
Email: tbensaid@kauai.gov

 

Shantelle Rego
Project Manager
Email: srego@kauai.gov

  Daezsa Tomas-Tamagawa

  HI5 Specialist

  Email:  dttamagawa@kauai.gov

  

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