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 a nutrient rich compost which you can request to have delivered to your door
If that doesn't seem easy enough, watch our 60 second video.
Our mission & solution
Started in March 2020, Compost Kauai began between three friends who were really into creating something good for their community.
Servicing the Wailua Homesteads and Houselots area. In November 2020, they expanded to the Kapahi-Kapaa area on the Eastside of Kauai.
We offer a convenient pick-up service that collects food scraps and other local compostables (paper, cardboard, and greenwaste) so they can be diverted from our island’s overwhelmed landfill and transformed into nutrient-rich compost fertilizer.
To achieve our mission,
we partner with like-minded community members, who don't have enough food waste for the pig farmers but might have more than they can handle themselves,
we recognize food scraps are a valuable resource which were cultivated and delivered using valuable resources (water, fertilizer, fuel, labor),
we are choose to close the loop by converting our local organic materials into a soil amendment so that it can further benefit our community.
1. How many buckets?
Each plan includes
Welcome letter with "Do's and Don'ts"
Your requested number of buckets
Weekly pick-up service
Wash and clean bucket drop-off service
6-month diversion report
Weekly reminder texts
Finished compost returned or donated (four times a year)
Once-in-awhile Compost Kauai Newsletter
Friendly member support/advice for compost and gardening questions
An easy recurring monthly subscription that can be canceled at any time
2. Choose your location
3. Try our Compost
You get FREE compost with your membership
Compost can be requested each quarter (every three months)
It is delivered the first Friday of each quarter
You will receive one gallon for each bucket in your plan for every month
Use the link below to request compost
Additional compost can also be purchased in our store and delivered
There is a limited supply of compost available for sale to non members
Pick-up for orders less than 1 cubic yard (200 gallons)
Delivery available for orders >1 cubic yard (>200 gallons)
We kindly request a five-gallon minimum
Specific payment types accepted
Use the link below to visit our store
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).
The Short FAQ
How does the service work?
1. We give you a 5-gallon bucket for your food scraps
2. You fill your bucket with food scraps
3. We pick up your bucket weekly and leave behind a clean, sanitized bucket
We use your scraps to create a nutrient-dense fertilizer and deliver the finished compost back to you on a quarterly basis.
When will I get my bucket and first pick-up?
After you sign up, we will get you your bucket within 1-6 days. We typically drop buckets off on Friday pick-up days. Your first pick-up will be the following Friday after you receive your bucket. Please contact us if you need your bucket sooner and we will try to accommodate.
When are pick-ups?
Pick-ups for the Wailua, Kapaa, and Kapahi area are currently on Fridays after 4 pm.
When will my compost be ready?
We are able to give compost back to our members once it is ready. This typically takes about six months. After our members have been composting with us for six months we send them an email to let them know their food scraps have decomposed into nutrient-rich compost fertilizer.
Members can request compost using our Compost Request Form and have it delivered to them during the next quarter.
What are the months when compost will be returned?
The Return Months for our quarterly cycle are January, April, July, and October.
How much compost do I get back?
After six months of composting, your food scraps are now ready to be sifted, weighed, and bagged for delivery. The final compost has now been reduced to about 9-15% of its original weight from decomposition. Because we can only return what we receive/create, we have found our system reliably returns one gallon of compost fertilizer per month, per bucket. One gallon of compost can be used to cover 32 square feet of garden.
See the chart below for how much compost you get back in your Membership Plan.
Note: At this time we have a limited amount of compost for nonmembers aka the public.
*dependent on when a member reaches their six month waiting period.
1 gallon compost fertilizer/month
3 gallons every quarter*
2 gallons compost fertilizer/month
6 gallons every quarter*
3 gallons compost fertilizer/month
9 gallons every quarter*