Tuesday, February 9, 2021
eWaste Recycling Contest

Saturday, June 13, 2020
All Recycling and Disposal Facilities remain OPEN during COVID19

All recycling opportunites available at HI5 Redemption Centers, Kauai Recycles Drop Bins, the Puhi Metals Recycling Center, and the Refuse Transfer Stations have remained open with the same operating hours during COVID 19. The Kauai Resource Center continues to distribute composting bins and accept household batteries. See Recycling Program links on the left for detailed information on facility locations, hours of operation, and items accepted.

While recycling or disposing items, we require that you wear a mask and practice social distancing. Mahalo and stay safe!

Our staff is available to answer calls at 241-4841 Monday through Friday from 7:45 to 4:30.


Wednesday, May 20, 2020
HI5 Recycling- Where does it go?

The County of Kauai has a 43% Waste Diversion Rate meaning that over 60,000 tons of material does not enter our landfill via County or commercially operated waste diversion programs.

One of the most effective waste diversion programs available in Hawaii is the HI5 Bottle Redemption program with a redemption rate of over 60%. Hawai‘i is one out of just ten states that have a “Bottle Bill” program that allows consumers to return their bottles and cans for a return of their deposit beverage fee which is 5 cents in Hawai‘i, but varies from State to State.

While the HI5 program is seen as a huge success in terms of acceptance, benefits, waste reduction and conservation of resources there are concerns about where our recycling goes and what happens when it gets there.

Honolulu Civil Beat’s Claire Caulfield’s article “Where in the World Do We Send Our Recycling?” linked below goes over some of these concerns as well as discussing issues like why we don’t have our own recycling facility here in the islands and how does China's shutdown of their markets affect our recycling. We encourage the public to review this article to find out more about how Hawaii operates in this global marketplace.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Reynolds Recycling Update

After a temporary closure,  the Reynolds Recycling HI5 redemption center in Lihue resumed services on Monday, April 20, 2020.  Their hours of operation are 9:00am-5:00pm, with a closure for lunch from noon-1:30pm.  Days of operation are Mondays through Saturdays.  

For questions please call the County Solid Waste office at 808-241-4841 or Reynolds Recycling on O‘ahu at:


Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Kauai Resource Center Updated 9/23/2020

The Kauai Resource Center has partially re-opened to the public for battery recycling program.  Batteries can be deposited in the battery recycling bucket located near the main entrance.  This is for the recycling of alkaline, Ni-Cad or Lithium batteries ONLY.  NO lead-acid batteries are accepted at this location.  This program is for residents only.  Compost bin are TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE.  Please visit for more information.  

Call 241-4841 with any questions.  Mahalo!

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.

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
Project Manager


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