Friday, June 9, 2023
Transfer stations and Kekaha landfill closure on Sunday, June 11th

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:

Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Hanapepe RTS Only Accepting Bagged Trash

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
Lihue Transfer Station Scrap Metals Drop Closed until further notice

Due to an equipment shortage, the Lihue Transfer Station has suspended collection of scrap metal until further notice.

Scrap Metals and Appliances should be transported to the Puhi Metals Recycling Facilty located at 3951 on Puhi Road. Electronic waste is also accepted for recycling at this facility. They are open Monday - Saturday from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. Call (808) 246-6919 with questions. 

Refuse Transfer Stations


Charges apply for commercial deposit of green waste.  Diversion programs at the Transfer Stations are restricted to residents only. Call 241-4841 to learn more about commercial recycling opportunities.  

Note that in inclement weather, muddy or dangerous conditions may limit the availability of recycling programs at Transfer Stations.  Call the Recycling Office at 241-4841 or 212-4683 or see our Facebook page for current Transfer Station closures. 

Please note that all County of Kaua'i facilities are closed for all State Holidays. (Click for 2020 observed holidays).

Location Hours of Operation Phone number
Hanalei Refuse Transfer Station
5-3751 Kuhio Hwy, Princeville

Open 7:15 am to 3:15 pm daily. Green waste is open from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm daily.   

Kapa'a Refuse Transfer Station
5051 Kahi Road, Kapaa
Open 7:15 am to 3:15 pm daily 346-6942

Līhu‘e Refuse Transfer Station

3450 Ahukini Road, Līhu‘e  

Open 7:15 am to 3:15 pm daily 346-6859

Hanapēpē  Refuse Transfer Station

4380 Lele Road, Hanapēpē  

Open 7:15 am to 3:15 pm daily 346-6859
Kekaha Landfill
6900 Kaumualii Hwy, Kekaha
Open 8:00 am to 4:00 pm; Closed for lunch from 12 pm- 12:30 pm daily. 241-4841 / 346-4393
Locations open seven days a week.  Closed all State Holidays.


RECYCLING PROGRAMS at Refuse Transfer Stations & Landfill   






Green Waste Green Waste Green Waste Green Waste Green Waste
Tires Tires Tires Tires Tires
Motor oil Motor Oil  Motor Oil Motor Oil Motor Oil
Scrap Metal Scrap Metal Scrap Metal Scrap Metal Scrap Metal
Appliances Appliances Bring appliances to Puhi Metals Recycling. Call 245-6919  Appliances Appliances
Motor Oil Filters Motor Oil Filters Motor Oil Filters Motor Oil  Filters Motor Oil (only)
Propane Tanks Propane Tanks Propane Tanks Propane Tanks Propane Tanks
Residential Recycling Bins   Bulky Items* Residential Recycling Bins Bulky Items*




*Bulky Items are mattresses or furniture greater than 3 feet in size.


Restrictions on Municipal Solid Waste:

  • Bulky Items such as mattresses and furniture bigger than three feet, are ONLY accepted at the Lihu'e Transfer Station or the Kekaha Landfill. 
  • Commercial Construction and Demolition items must be cut into three feet or smaller sections.
  • Pallets must be cut in half at all Refuse Transfer Stations locations except at the Kekaha Landfill. 
  • Lihue' TS does not accept Appliances.  Please take these items to Puhi Metals, 3951 Puhi Road in Lihu'e.  Hours Monday - Saturday 7:30am - 3:30pm.  No charge for Residents, and Commercial will only be charged ($20) for items containing Freon i.e. air conditioners, refrigerators.  


Commercial Waste

Vehicles with Commercial plates are required to purchase Tipping Fee Coupons in order to dispose of mixed waste at RTS's.  Coupons are available for purchase at the Treasury Department desk located in the Department of Motor Vehicles building at the Civic Center.  Commercial vans, trailers and 3/4 ton capacity trucks are limited to 2 loads per vehicle per day.   

Rates are:

  • $6 for a commercial passenger vehicle
  • $10 for a pickup truck or small trailer 1/2 ton and under (normally an F-150)
  • $20 for a full sized pickup truck or large trailer up to 3/4 ton (normally an F-250)

The size limit for trailers is 5’ by 10’ by 2’ or equivalent

All vehicles that exceed 3/4 ton capacity are not authorized to use the Refuse Transfer Stations.  Also not authorized are box trucks, box vans, and double axle trailers. 

Any commercial vehicle or truck that has been rented will be subject to Tipping Fee Coupons.

For information on the Landfill along with rates please visit   

Prohibited Materials.  The following materials shall not be accepted or temporarily stored at Refuse Transfer Stations:

(a)  Ashes;
(b)  Bulky items and construction and demolition debris greater than three (3) feet in any dimension. Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, the Līhu‘e Refuse Transfer Station may accept, from self-haulers, bulky items such as bed mattresses and box springs and other whole furniture items made of wood;
(c)  Used motor vehicle and heavy equipment tires whether whole, cut, sliced, chipped, or shredded, except for whole automobile and passenger truck tires from residential self-haulers for recycling;
(d)  White goods, except for white goods from residential self-haulers, for recycling;
(e)  Animal carcasses, parts or innards; animal feces not considered pet animal waste, liquid waste; medical waste which has not been rendered non-infectious through sterilization;
(f)   Explosives;
(g)  Toxic and hazardous wastes;
(h)  Pressurized containers, except for propane cylinders of ten (10) gallon capacity or less from residential self-haulers for recycling;
(i)  Corrugated cardboard from businesses, industrial, governmental, institutional, and other nonresidential sources that exceeds ten percent (10%) of the load, by volume;
(j)  Ferrous and non-ferrous metal items from businesses, industrial, governmental, institutional, and other nonresidential sources that exceed ten percent (10%) of the load, by volume; and
(k)  Monitors (cathode ray tubes and liquid crystal displays) from businesses, industrial, governmental, institutional and other nonresidential sources.
The provisions provided in Subsections (i), (j), and (k) of this Section shall not apply to County refuse collection vehicles that collect or receive solid waste from residential sources. (Ord. No. 706, August 6, 1996; Ord. No. 902, July 28, 2010)