Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Garden Isle Disposal: modified hours of service

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.   

Monday, March 30, 2020
Kauai Recycles Drop Bin at Kukui Grove is open

Due to security concerns at Kukui Grove, access to the Kaua‘i Recycles drop site behind the old Kmart in Līhu‘e is limited to the entrance nearest the old Pier 1 store along Pikake Street.

There are no changes to what can be accepted at the seven Kaua‘i Recycles drop bin locations throughout the island.

Monday, March 23, 2020
All HI5 Redemption Centers to remain OPEN during COVID19

Despite COVID-19, all HI5 Redemption Centers are remaining open. Solid Waste Management and Recycling Services are considered essential.

Current policies and procedures are being taken to ensure the safety of workers and the public. For more information please call 241-4841.

Thursday, January 16, 2020
New Recycling Facility Map

Click here for the new- County Recycling Facility Map

County Recycling Facility map



Friday, December 27, 2019
Reynold's Kapahi HI5 Bottle Redemption Center to temporarily close

Kapahi, HI – After operating for 14 years, Reynold’s Recycling will be closing their Kapahi HI5 Redemption Center on Kawaihau Road on Saturday, December 28th   at 5:00 pm.

“We thank you for your patronage and look forward to serving east side residents again.” said Terry Telfer, President of Reynold’s Recycling.  The company is working to reopen a site in the Kapahi area, however, an exact date is to be determined.

Reynolds’ other HI5 Redemption Center in Lihue at the 3460 Ahukini Rd. at the Kauai Resource Center will continue to operate every day except Wednesdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is closed for lunch from noon to 1:30 pm. 

Kapaa residents may also redeem their HI5 containers at Kauai Community Recycling Services at 962 Kipuni Way in Arzadon Industrial Center next Gather Federal Credit Union.  This site is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  There is no closure for lunch. 

For information please call 808-487-2802 or visit  For information on County Recycling Programs, you may call 241-4841 or visit


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 


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 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.

Current Destination for some of your recyclables (In 2020)-


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

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

Keola Aki  
Recycling Program Coordinator



Allison Fraley
Solid Waste 
Program Coordinator


Tawna Bensaid 
HI5 Specialist


Shantelle Rego
HI5 Specialist


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