Announcements


Tuesday, June 4, 2019
HI5 Bottle Redemption site in Kekaha has Relocated

HI5 Bottle Redemption site in Kekaha has Relocated

KEKAHA – The Kekaha HI5 Bottle Redemption site operated by Kaua‘i Community Recycling Services relocated to the Kekaha Neighborhood Center on Elepaio Road on Wednesday, July 3. The last day of operations for the HI5 Bottle Redemption site on Kekaha Road across the old sugar mill was Saturday, June 29. HI5 Bottle Redemption at the Kekaha Neighborhood Center is available on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be no change in location to HI5 Bottle Redemption centers in Kōloa, Līhu‘e, Kapa‘a, and Kīlauea. For days and hours of operation of HI5 Bottle Redemption centers near you, as well as additional information, please call 241-4841 or visit https://www.kauai.gov/hi5.


Friday, March 22, 2019
Lihue Redemption Center Update

Reynold's HI5 Bottle Redemption in Lihu'e has Relocated to the County's Kaua'i Resource Center

After operating for 38 years in the Nawiliwili Harbor area, Reynold's Recycling Inc. has relocated to the Kaua'i Resource Center, located at 3460 Ahukini Road on Thursday April 4, 2019. The HI5 Redemption Center is open to the public every day except Wednesdays and Sundays. Operating hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., closed for lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.. The certified redemption center accepts all plastic, glass, and aluminum beverage containers marked with the HI5 symbol. The Center also has a buy-back for aluminum, copper, brass and stainless steel scrap metals. For more information about the County Recycling Programs, please call 241-4841.


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.

Help keep our Garden Isle Green - Recycle!

Contact Information

Main Recycling Line:
(808) 241-4841
solidwaste@kauai.gov

Keola Aki  
Recycling Program Coordinator

Email: kaki@kauai.gov

 

Allison Fraley
Solid Waste 
Program Coordinator

Email: afraley@kauai.gov

Tawna Bensaid 
HI5 Specialist
Email: tbensaid@kauai.gov

 

Shantelle Rego
HI5 Specialist
Email: srego@kauai.gov

  

Bookmark This Page: http://www.kauai.gov/recycling

What's New in Recycling for Kauai!

What's New?


Monday, May 9, 2011
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 Kaua'i 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.


Thursday, March 17, 2011
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! 

For more information visit www.kauai.gov/batteryrecycling

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, deputy 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.

 

County of Kaua'i Recycle Coach