From A (for aluminum cans, which get you cash back) to W (for white paper; sorry, you don’t get paid for that), the Kauai Resource Center and Island Recycling staff members will accept just about anything recyclable.
The center, located in front of the Lihu’e transfer station down Ahukini Road from Lihue Airport, has representatives who will pay cash for aluminum cans (please, no cat food or Spam cans), based on current market value.
Market prices are also paid, by the pound, for scrap metals like aluminum window and screen frames, siding, cast aluminum, copper pipe, wire, roofing, brass plumbing, other brass items, car radiators and other scrap metals.
Corrugated cardboard boxes are accepted, provided the boxboard is brown (not gray) when torn. Waxed or yellow cardboard boxes and egg cartons are not accepted.
Newspaper is welcome, even with the glossy inserts. Please do not bundle or bag newspaper.
Junk mail and office paper, known in the recycling business as mixed paper, is acceptable, if it’s mixed white and colored paper, computer paper, fax paper, regular and windowed envelopes, manila envelopes, multi-part paper, shredded paper, staples, direct mailings and glossies, cardstock and carbon paper.
Unacceptable items are paper clips, goldenrod paper, fluorescent dyed papers, phone books, waxed papers and waxed boxes.
White ledger paper is acceptable if it is at least 50 percent unprinted. Also accepted are envelopes without windows, shredded paper, single-part paper, card stock and staples.
All magazines and catalogs are acceptable, but should be recycled separately from other paper.
There is a charge of $2.25 per tire to drop off tires.
Wooden pallets are accepted from businesses at no charge, as long as they are repairable and not rotten.
Plastic bottles are also accepted, as long as they are #1 (PET), like beverage containers, or #2 (HPDE), like milk jugs and detergent bottles. All containers should be rinsed, and without lids, caps or other covers.
The #1 and #2 plastic bags, like grocery bags, produce bags and newspaper bags, are all accepted, and should be clean and dry.
Where computers are concerned, only central processing units (CPUs) are accepted. No monitors, printers, or other parts will be accepted.
All glass beverage and food containers are accepted, with or without labels. Please remove caps and corks. Drinking glasses and ceramic cups are also allowed, but unacceptable are light bulbs, TV screens and leaded glass.
Glass recycling services are provided by JC Sandblast & Recycle Glass Service.
The county’s Solid Waste Division in the Department of Public Works recently announced that it will no longer accept propane cylinders and other reusable pressurized cylinders, with valves intact, at any county disposal facility.
Private residents may deliver to Kekaha Landfill or transfer stations in Princeville, Kapa’a, Lihu’e and Hanapepe, propane cylinders with the valve completely removed, if the inside of the cylinder is exposed and the cylinder does not contain any fluids.
Cylinders of any kind will not be accepted from commercial haulers.
Those with cylinders that cannot be accepted at county facilities may refer to the telephone book yellow pages, under “Gas-Liquefied Petroleum-Bottled and Bulk-Retail,” for companies offering disposal services.