Our Values & mission
Started in March 2020, Compost Kauai began with three friends who were really into creating something good for their community.
A 2016 waste characterization study done by the County of Kauai showed that approximately 25% of waste entering the landfill was compostable. This includes paper, food waste and other organics. Compostable materials are an extremely valuable resource and should have an opportunity to be returned back to the soil, not lie waste in a landfill tomb.
Knowing that our current landfill is overwhelmed, that our food-system is heavily reliant on imported goods, and many residents find composting on their own difficult, we wanted use our skills and experiences to help out.
We understand that a sustainable island food system is not only a community of those who produce, process, distribute, and consume local foods but also involves those who are recycling and returning valuable nutrients back to the land. All of these community members and their actions enhance Kauai’s environmental, economic and social health as well as build community resilience.
In 2020, in the midst of a pandemic, Compost Kauai came to fruition.
Compost Kauai provides services that make it easier for the community to close the loop and support truly local recycling on island. We support everything from individual residents to large scale events.
Our mission is to collect food scraps and other local compostables to divert them from our island’s overwhelmed landfill and transform them into nutrient-rich compost fertilizer, which can then be used to grow more food.
To achieve our mission,
we recognize food scraps as a resource which previously required other valuable resources in its cultivation and transportation (water, fertilizer, fuel, labor),
we partner with like-minded community members, who don't have enough food scraps for the pig farmers but might have more than they can handle themselves,
we make the effort to close the loop by diverting and converting local organic materials into a soil amendment that can further benefit our community and island.
HOW IT WORKS
Here's how it works:
1. Sign up to become a member. We drop off a 5-gallon bucket for you.
2. You fill up your bucket with approved compostable materials.
3. We pick up your bucket every week and leave you a clean one.
4. We turn your compostable materials into nutrient rich compost which you can have delivered to your door throughout the year.
If that doesn't seem easy enough, watch our 60 second home video.
our Services & pRODUCTS
As an island with finite resources, compost has an endless list of benefits that support a sustainable island community. From diverting materials from the landfill to the application of finished compost which improves soil health, supports local food production and maintains a functional ecosystem - composting is the final AND first step to creating a sustainable closed-loop food system.
We remember to recycle our glass, plastic and aluminum, so why not our food?
"Everyone who lives on Kauai should compost. Compost Kauai makes it easy to do some good for our island environment. It's a forward thinking business model that I hope spreads island-wide. The communication and customer service are great as well. I support their mission and appreciate their hard work."
"We always wanted to compost and Compost Kauai offering weekly curbside pickup made it an easy decision. We have an odor-proof small bucket we keep next to our sink and transfer it to the larger Compost Kauai bucket we keep outside. Composting has changed the way we eat and shop for food. We now eat healthier, less processed food, and eat more local food from farmers markets. Compost Kauai employees have always been very friendly when picking up buckets, making minimal noise, and the communication has been great. We continue to tell other people about Compost Kauai and hope they can expand their service island wide!"
"I love composting with Compost Kauai. My wife was worried about smell, roaches and rats with a black bin. With the compost Kaua’i system we don’t have to worry about any of those issues. Instead we keep our food waste out of the landfill and get compost for our garden."
can - Put In your bucket
no can - reuse, recycle or put in trash
Cooked and raw foods
Fruits and vegetable scraps
Meat, bones, fish, crustaceans*
Coffee grounds and filters
Rice, bread, oatmeal, grains
Dairy products including cheese*
Herbs, spices, dried fruit
Household plants including soil
Tortillas, potato chips, popcorn
Sauces and syrup*
Stale crackers, bread, cereal, pretzels, pasta
Nuts and shells
Tofu and tempeh
Hair (pet or human)
Paper plates, bags, & to-go boxes (no plastic)
Newspaper (remove plastic/shiny inserts)
*Keep under 5% of total.
Aluminum cans or foil
Latex or rubber gloves
Paper plates or coffee cups with wax coating
Fats, grease, oil, candy
Items labeled biodegradable
Items labeled BPI Certified Compostable
Items labeled ASTM D6400 or D6868
Baby wipes, cloth, and clothing
When in doubt, leave it out (and contact us)!