Our mission & solution
Compost Kauai is located and operates on the east side of the island of Kauai, Hawaii.
We offer a convenient, residential pick-up service that transports food scraps and locally sourced feedstocks, so they can be transformed into a nutrient-rich compost fertilizer and diverted from our island’s overwhelmed landfill.
To achieve our mission,
we partner with community members who hold similar values to ours
recognize food scraps as a valuable resource
close the loop by converting organic materials into a soil amendment that can grow more food.
Compost Kauai is a team of three core composters and many volunteers. Started in 2020, Compost Kauai serviced the Wailua Homesteads and Houselots area. In November 2020, they expanded to the Kapahi-Kapaa area on the Eastside of Kauai.
In the future Compost Kauai hopes to expand to other areas of the island and add drop-off locations for community members to help close the loop and support our island resources.
HOW IT WORKS
Here's how it works:
1. We give you a 5-gallon bucket for your food scraps
2. You fill your bucket
3. We pick up your bucket weekly
4. We turn your scraps into nutrient dense fertilizer to grow more food!
If that doesn't seem easy enough, watch our 60 second video.
our Pick-up Services
our do's & dont's
Do - Put In your bucket
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.
Don't - recycle or put in trash
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 (or contact us).