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City Receives Grant to Install 22 New Recycling Bins in Parks

KIRKLAND, Wash. – Kirkland residents should expect to see more recycling options in neighborhood parks this fall thanks to a partnership between the City of Kirkland’s Solid Waste Division, Waste Management, and a grant made possible by Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) in collaboration with Keep America Beautiful (KAB).  

The Dr Pepper Snapple Group/Keep America Beautiful Park Recycling Bin Grant Program provided funding for 900 new recycling bins in public parks across the country in 2016, making recycling more accessible for Americans enjoying the outdoors.

While Kirkland residents continue to utilize home recycling and composting programs in impressive numbers, many people have made requests for more opportunities to recycle in parks and public spaces. According to a national survey by KAB, 92 percent of participants said they recycled at home, while only 19 percent indicated that they recycle in public parks. The decline in numbers were based on lack of accessibility to recycling services outside of the home.

Brenda Pulley, senior vice president/recycling, KAB, said, “Our partnership is helping to make recycling more accessible and convenient, which is one of primary factors in making recycling a daily habit.” These new recycling bins and additional service will help Kirkland residents reduce waste and recycle more, even when they’re on the go.

New recycling bins have been installed at 22 Kirkland park locations by the Parks Department and will be serviced weekly by Waste Management, the City’s contracted hauler. 

For more information, contact Kirkland’s Recycling Hotline at 425-587-3812 or email Jenna McInnis, recycling programs coordinator at jmcinnis@kirklandwa.gov.