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 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 Count 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
HI5 Specialist
Email: srego@kauai.gov

  

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What's New in Recycling for Kauai!

Announcements


Tuesday, June 4, 2019
HI5 Bottle Redemption site in Kekaha has Relocated

HI5 Bottle Redemption site in Kekaha has Relocated

KEKAHA – The Kekaha HI5 Bottle Redemption site operated by Kaua‘i Community Recycling Services relocated to the Kekaha Neighborhood Center on Elepaio Road on Wednesday, July 3. The last day of operations for the HI5 Bottle Redemption site on Kekaha Road across the old sugar mill was Saturday, June 29. HI5 Bottle Redemption at the Kekaha Neighborhood Center is available on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be no change in location to HI5 Bottle Redemption centers in Kōloa, Līhu‘e, Kapa‘a, and Kīlauea. For days and hours of operation of HI5 Bottle Redemption centers near you, as well as additional information, please call 241-4841 or visit https://www.kauai.gov/hi5.


Friday, March 22, 2019
Lihue Redemption Center Update

Reynold's HI5 Bottle Redemption in Lihu'e has Relocated to the County's Kaua'i Resource Center

After operating for 38 years in the Nawiliwili Harbor area, Reynold's Recycling Inc. has relocated to the Kaua'i Resource Center, located at 3460 Ahukini Road on Thursday April 4, 2019. The HI5 Redemption Center is open to the public every day except Wednesdays and Sundays. Operating hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., closed for lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.. The certified redemption center accepts all plastic, glass, and aluminum beverage containers marked with the HI5 symbol. The Center also has a buy-back for aluminum, copper, brass and stainless steel scrap metals. For more information about the County Recycling Programs, please call 241-4841.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017
HI5 Redemption Centers

For information regarding operating hours of the six redemption centers on Kaua'i visit our HI5 Recycling Page 

 

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