Definition of Reuse

"Reuse" is the second R in the 3R hierarchy and is more important that recycling because it uses less energy and resources. Reuse is using an item again, either for its original purpose or for a similar purpose, without significantly altering the physical form of the item. Reuse is not technically recycling, because recycling alters the physical form of an item. Reuse prevents items from becoming waste, and is a form of waste prevention.

 

There are many locations on Kaua‘i that specialize in Reuse and benefit charitable organization at the same time through donations from items sold. Sorting and donating used items instead of disposing of them, and shopping at reuse stores instead of buying new, is a great way to save landfill space and precious resources!

Salvation Army ARC staff organizing resident donations for the County's Reuse Program

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Reuse Locations on Kauaʻi

See bottom of the page for County Solid Waste Reuse Program Details- Next public reuse drop off day is Friday, January 8th.  Due to the holiday bell ringing, the Salvation Army ARC will not be available for a December drop off.  Thrift store owners can call 241-4195 or email solidwaste@kauai.gov to schedule a pick up time. Drop off is from 8:00am-3:00pm (Kauai Resource Center, 3460 Ahukini Road). ****Please double check your donations before bringing them in. Once you donate an item the County or the ARC cannot return them as there is a huge stockpile of items and some items have already been prepped for shipment off island.**** COVID- MASKS ARE REQUIRED, YOU WILL BE ASKED TO STAY IN YOUR VEHICLE WHILE BEING SERVICED.

 

Habitat for Humanity ReStore 335-6105 - Offers island wide pick-up of eligible donations, call for more info.

1-3410 Kaumualiʻi Hwy, Hanapēpē . Open Tue, Thur, Sat 9-4, Wed, Fri 12-4 Closed Sun & Mon. Accepts donations in good working condition: building materials, household items, home improvement, appliances, furniture. Drop offs only during operating hours. Please call ahead to verify if your donation can be accepted.

Hoʻomana Inc. Thrift Store 821-2818

4531 Kuamoo Road, Wailua Homesteads. Open Monday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Accepts all working/good condition household items for reuse. No large appliances, TV’s and beds allowed. Please call before dropping items off!

Kauaʻi Humane Society Thrift Shop 808-378-4478

1544 Haleukana St #17, in Līhuʻe. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.  Closed on Mondays.  www.bloomingtailskauai.org

They accept clothing without stains or tears, shoes, hats, purses, jewelry and accessories, kitchenware, furniture and home decor, sporting goods, baby items, working toys, books, CD's and DVD's, as well as pet supplies.

Electronics not accepted

Mahelona Memorial Hospital Thrift Shop 823-4162

4800 Kawaihau Road, Kapa‘a. Open Monday - Friday, 9 A.M.- 11:30 A.M. Accepts clothing, some small appliances, and books. No large appliances.

Restore Kauaʻi Kapaʻa- restorekauaikapaa@gmail.com or visit restorekauaikapaa.com

Open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Accepted items:

Small Kitchen appliances, tools, books (no magazines), garden equipment, usable wood, household items, bicycles/parts, cabinets, doors and windows, sinks and plumbing fixtures, lights, tile and wood flooring, paint and stain (we accept partial cans and buckets of paint, stains, ect.), roofing material, sporting goods.

Not accepted items:

Strollers, toilets, baby/toddler car seats, press board furniture, couches, shoes, recline chairs, mattress/box springs, TV's, large appliances (refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers), fluorescent lights, ceiling fans, VHS tapes/players large rolls of carpet, pieces of glass over 4 feet, pillow.

Visit restorekauaikapaa.com before bringing in donations.

RP's Random Closet

Offers at home pick-up of good to excellent condition- clothing, accessories, footwear, jewelry, hats, purses/bags, videogames/consoles, toys, DVD's, books, baby items, electronics, sporting goods, tools, and kitchenware.

Pick-up is by appointment only Tuesday & Thursday, 4:30-6:30 PM (Lihue to Kilauea), Saturday (islandwide). Appointments are subject to change pending requests received.

Please call text or email 808-346-0020, rpsrandomcloset@gmail.com about what items are accepted or to schedule a pick-up. You can also visit RP's Instagram page at @rpsrandomcloset. 

RP's Random Closet is a for-profit locally owned business. Items given to RP's are not eligible for donation/tax write-off receipts. Overstock will however be donated to partnering local organizations and/or individuals in need. 

Salvation Army Līhuʻe 245-2571

4291 Rice Street, Līhuʻe Open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.. Donation drop off hours: Monday – Saturday, 9:30 am. – 4:30 p.m. Accepts all working/good condition household items for reuse except electronics, large appliances, and mattresses. Please call before dropping items off!

Salvation Army Hanapēpē 335-5441

4465 Puolo Road, Hanapēpē. Open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Donation drop off: Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Accepts all working/good condition household items for reuse, except large appliances & mattresses. Please call before dropping items off!

Shared Blessings Thrift Store 828-1825

2518 Kolo Road, Kīlauea. Open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 2-5 p.m. Open Wed. and Sat. 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Large appliances and pressed wood furniture are allowed if in good condition. Please call before dropping items off!

Talk Story Book Store 335-6469

3785 Hanapēpē Road, Hanapēpē Open Monday – Thursday 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. & Friday 10:30 a.m. -10 p.m. Accepts used books in exchange for store credit- any subject

Wilcox Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop 245-1320

3420 Kūhiʻō Hwy. Līhuʻe . Open Monday & Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sat 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Accepts all working/good condition household items except furniture and large appliances. Please call before dropping items off!

County of Kauai Reuse Program

Next thrift store (and businesses) pick-up will be scheduled for January 7th (not available to the public).  Thrift store owners (and businesses) can call 241-4195 or email solidwaste@kauai.gov to schedule a pick up time. Next public drop off at the Kauai Resource Center (3460 Ahukini Road) will be on Friday, January 8th from 8:00am to 3:00pm.****Please double check your donations before bringing them in. Once you donate an item the County or the ARC cannot return them as there is a huge stockpile of items and some items have already been prepped for shipment off island.****COVID- MASKS ARE REQUIRED, YOU WILL BE ASKED TO STAY IN YOUR VEHICLE WHILE BEING SERVICED. 

Main Purpose: Assist thrift stores by facilitating the off-loading of unsaleable, but still useable items as well as reducing the amount of reusable items going to the landfill.

The goal is to allow the movement of unsaleable items out of thrift stores so that more capacity can be built up for the public to donate new material that can be sold.

Thrift stores can call 241-4195 to schedule free monthly pick-up service courtesy of the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC).

Secondary Purpose: Receive reusable material from the public and businesses that local thrift stores do not have the capacity to take.

The public must contact their local thrift stores before bringing items to the Kaua‘i Resource Center. If your local thrift store is unaware of the program, please direct them to call the County’s Acting Solid Waste Program Coordinator Keola Aki at 808-241-4195 or kaki@kauai.gov.

What happens to the donations? 

Material is shipped to the Salvation Army ARC on O‘ahu for further processing for sale in local markets or abroad.

No scavenging or resale of material will be allowed at the KRC. No one is allowed to remove items once they’ve been dropped off at the KRC.

Will the County help me off-load at the KRC? 

No, the County does not have the appropriate staffing to facilitate unloading of vehicles at the KRC.

Please bring your own helpers if you’re dropping off large items including furniture and beds. Furniture and beds must be in almost brand new condition to be accepted, no scuffs, stains, damage, or other issues.

What cannot be accepted at the KRC? 

No electronics, large appliances, motorized vehicles, pressurized containers (valved or devalved), liquids, paints, wet clothes, household hazardous waste or hazardous waste in general, flammable material and other ignitables, or other items deemed dangerous or infeasible to hold at the KRC. The County, ARC, and monitoring staff may reject any and all materials at their discretion. Again, furniture and beds cannot have any stains or tears whatsoever. Furniture and beds with heavy wear and tear will also be rejected.

Thrift stores, residents and businesses with rejected items will be directed to the appropriate waste diversion or disposal site.

Reusable items will only be accepted during hours of operation. Items dropped at other times will be considered illegal dumping.

Material Drop Area: Again, the public should contact their local thrift stores to make sure they cannot take items before coming to the Kauai Resource Center. Habitat for Humanity offers island wide pick-up of eligible items call them at 335-6105 for more information.

Kauai Resource Center drop area- 3460 Ahukini Road,  Lihue.