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Kauaʻi's First Curbside Food Scraps Pick-Up Service

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,

  1. we partner with like-minded community members

  2. recognize food scraps as a valuable resource

  3. 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.

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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.

1. Decide on a plan
need more buckets? looking for a group rate?
2. Choose your location

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




Rubber bands

Aluminum cans or foil

Latex or rubber gloves

Produce stickers/labels

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

Pet food

Cigarette butts

Dead animals

When in doubt, leave it out (or contact us).