Po‘ipū Beach parking striping to occur Monday, March 25

The Department of Public Works Division of Solid Waste will be striping the Kaua‘i Recycles Drop bin area in the Po‘ipū Beach parking lot on Monday, March 25.

The striping process should take 24 hours to complete and dry. During this time the recycling bins will be removed and the area blocked off. Residents are encouraged to hold on to their recyclables until the bins are returned or visit the Kaua‘i Recycles drop bins behind the old Kmart building in Līhu‘e or near the Lāwa‘i post office.

As a reminder, the Kaua‘i Recycles Drop bins are for residential use only. Businesses can drop off their recycling free of charge at Garden Isle Disposal, Inc. located at 2666 Niumalu Rd. in Līhu‘e Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM closed for lunch from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, and open on Saturday, from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

            For questions or concerns, please contact Keola Aki at 241-4195.

HI5 Redemption Centers

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


The HI5 Redemption Center located at the Kauai Resource Center in Lihue is closed until further notice.

Kauai Resource Center Operations

The Kauai Resource Center is still open for:

  • Battery Recycling Monday through Friday 7:45 to 4:15
  • Free Backyard Composting Bin distributions on Fridays from 8 am to 3:30 pm. 

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 Kauai is 43%, which is above the national average of 35%. Kauai 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.

Help keep our Garden Isle Green - Recycle!

Contact Information

Main Recycling Line:
(808) 241-4841

Keola Aki  
Recycling Specialist


Allison Fraley
Programs Development Coordinator

Tawna Bensaid 
HI5 Specialist


Shantelle Rego
HI5 Specialist


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What's New in Recycling for Kauai!

What's New?

FREE Composting Bins available at the County!

The County of Kaua'i is offering free composting bins for Kaua'i residents!  To obtain your bin come to the Kauai Resource Center in Lihue Fridays between 8:00 am and 3:30 pm  and watch a 10 minute instructional video, and fill out a registration form. Call 241-4841 for more information.

Residential Battery Recycling Program!

Bring Lithium, NiCad and Alkaline (dry cell) batteries to Kaua'i Resource Center (KRC) open Monday-Friday from 7:45 am to 4:15 pm.  KRC located at 3460 Ahukini Road (near the airport in Lihue and fronting the Lihue Transfer Station). 

Please place batteries in the appropriate barrel (see labels).  Car batteries are not accepted. Take a moment to sort and avoid contamination.  Terminals of Batteries 9 volt and higher must be taped.  Tape available at KRC.  Program is for residents only! 

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Car (lead acid) batteries and UPS batteries are NOT accepted.  Car batteries accepted at Costco, Napa Auto Parts, PS&D Tires, Puhi Metals and E-H International. 

UPS batteries accepted at County of Kaua'i eWaste event collection 2nd Friday/Saturday of month at KRC.  Call Recycling Office at 241-4841 with questions or concerns. 


Residential Recycling Program Rules Change

The Kaua‘i Recycles Residential Drop Bin Program is no longer accepting plastic trays and clamshells, but will continue to accept No. 1 and No. 2 plastic bottles and jars. Examples of unacceptable plastic are clear hinged plastic food boxes, plastic tubs that contain deli items like poke, and plastic clamshells that contain fruit such as berries. 

On a positive note, Kaua‘i Recycles locations can now receive newspaper along with mixed paper, which will increase convenience for recycling these items and open up more space at the drop bin locations.

The decision to restrict plastic recycling is part of an ongoing issue nationwide, as China stopped accepting post-consumer recyclables from other nations starting in January 2018, and the markets for plastic resins have been shifting and becoming more restrictive.

“This is a major issue for all recyclers and municipalities throughout North America, and may have unknown and drastic impacts on programs in the U.S.,” said Lyle Tabata, acting county engineer.

No. 1 and No. 2 plastic bottles and jars will continue to be accepted at all Kaua‘i Recycles Drop Bins, and HI5 plastic beverage containers – labeled with HI 5 cents, HAWAII 5 cents, and Hawaii 5 cents – will continue to be accepted at all redemption centers.

For more information, please call the County Recycling Office at 241-4841.

Flyer PDF Link- Kauai Recycles Plastic

Kauai Recycles Plastics In and Out Flyer

Recycling on Kaua'i

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.

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.

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.


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