Friday, June 9, 2023
Refuse transfer stations and Kekaha landfill closure, June11th

All refuse transfer stations and the Kekaha landfill will be closed for the Kamehameha day holiday on Sunday, June 11th.  Service will resume on Monday, June 12th. 

Monday, June 5, 2023
Lihue Green Waste Closed Until Further Notice

6/6/23 LĪHU‘E  – Green waste is closed until further notice at the Līhu‘e refuse transfer station due to the discovery of two coconut rhinoceros beetles.

Green waste at Līhu‘e is estimated to be closed through next week, as State officials and invasive species crews are on site and responding. The closure may extend if necessary. Updates will be given when the green waste service reopens at the Līhu‘e refuse transfer station.

Residents are advised to utilize green waste facilities in Kapa‘a. Commercial loads may be dropped at Kaua‘i Nursery and Landscaping. Please call 808-245-7747 for more information.

According to the State of Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture, a survey crew from the Kaua‘i Invasive Species Committee found a live beetle in one of the traps near the green waste site at the Līhu‘e refuse transfer station on May 31. On June 2, survey crews found a dead CRB in another trap near the green waste area.

Although green waste service is closed until further notice, other services are available at the Līhu‘e refuse transfer station.

For questions regarding the closure, please call the Solid Waste Division at 808-241-4841. To read the news release from the State of Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture, click the link below:

Wednesday, May 3, 2023
Hanapepe transfer station now accepting bagged trash only

The public is advised that bagged trash continues to be accepted at the Hanapēpē Refuse Transfer Station at the lower level of the facility. Please note that the top of the facility is currently shut down, and motor oil will no longer be accepted for recycling until the trash chute is repaired. Motor oil is accepted for recycling at the Kekaha Landfill and all other refuse transfer stations. Green waste and metals are open. 

For updates please call 808-212-4683.

Wednesday, March 22, 2023
Scrap Metal not Accepted at Lihue RTS until further notice

Scrap Metal will not be accepted at the Lihue Refuse Transfer Station until further notice due to equipment issues. Scrap metal and appliances should be taken to Puhi Metals Recycling Center located at 3951 Puhi Road. They are open Mon - Sat from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. This location also accepts electronic waste for recycling. 

Please call (808) 241-4841 with question. 


Wednesday, December 29, 2021
2022 Holiday Schedule

Link to the County of Kauai's calendar which includes Holidays can be found here- County Calendar

Please be aware that Solid Waste Facilities may be closed on alternate days. Please see the Solid Waste Operations calendar for facility closures- 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 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

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

Keola Aki  
Recycling Program Coordinator



Allison Fraley
Solid Waste 
Program Coordinator


Tawna Bensaid 
HI5 Specialist


Shantelle Rego
Project Manager

  Daezsa Tomas-Tamagawa

  HI5 Specialist



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