Kirkland residents can recycle styrofoam and plastic bags at this monthly staffed event. Drop-off is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Note that these hours have changed from 2016.
Please do not leave material after the event is over. Items brought for recycling must be clean and dry. Located at the Kirkland Public Works Maintenance Center, 915 8th Street.
Due to the event's popularity, we've made some changes in 2017 to be able to continue to offer the program. We will only accept material from Kirkland residents – please bring ID or proof of address. We are limiting the amount of material to one carload per household – no trailers or box/moving trucks. If you have more than one carload worth of Styrofoam, please use an alternative recycling option, listed below.
Accepted Materials (all clean and dry)
- StyrofoamTM / Expanded Polystyrene (look for the #6 or "EPS" inside the recycling symbol) - sheets, blocks, cups, CLEAN (no food, no stains, rinsed) takeout food containers and trays. Please keep colors separate from white styrofoam. Packing peanuts are NOT accepted. Hot tub covers are NOT accepted.
- Expanded Polyethylene Foam (also called "EPE") - flexible material, such as used to make 'pool noodles'. Foam such as used to make camping pads is NOT accepted.
- Plastic bags - grocery, garbage, and produce bags - see bagyourbags.com for the full list of accepted bags. An easy test is whether you can stretch the plastic with your finger - hard, crinkly plastic bags (such as spaghetti wrappers, cereal bags, and grape bags) are NOT accepted. Freezer bags are also not accepted.
- Bubble wrap, plastic film stretch wrap, air pillows - can be combined with plastic bags, all colors OK.
- White plastic strapping (such as for shipping boxes)
Not Accepted Materials
- Packing peanuts are not accepted - they can be recycled at local shipping stores, such as FedEx or UPS in downtown Kirkland.
- Brown/tan meat trays are not accepted - they can be composted at home in your yard waste bin.
- Lined or coated styrofoam is not accepted, and should be thrown away at home.
- Dirty styrofoam is not accepted, and should be thrown away at home if it is not able to be cleaned.
- Foam is not accepted, and should be thrown away at home.
- Trash is not available at this event - you can take oversize trash to the Houghton Transfer Station.
- Cardboard recycling is not available at this event - please plan to take your cardboard boxes home for recycling.
- Electronics, CFL light bulbs, batteries, etc, are not accepted at this event.
All 2017 StyroFest Dates
No StyroFest events in May and October - attend our Recycling Collection Events instead.
- January 7
- February 11
- March 11
- April 8
- June 10
- July 8
- August 12
- September 9
- November 4
- December 9
If you can't make it to StyroFest, there are options for styrofoam recycling in Woodinville, Shoreline, and around the Seattle area. See the full list (pdf).