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Solid Waste and Recycling

The Solid Waste Division handles all services associated with garbage, recycling, and food/yard waste collection, processing, and disposal.

Our services are tailored to our three groups of customers:

We also fund waste reduction and recycling programs along with providing environmental education and outreach to residents, businesses, schools, and government.

For all your recycle, compost, and trash questions, contact us. Also, for environmental topics, tips, and events, find us on social media:

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News and Upcoming Events
2015 Recycling Changes
both 2015 recycle guide covers2015 Recycling Guides have been mailed to residents - please keep yours as a reference! We have made a couple changes to our recycling service in 2015. Plastic bags and aluminum foil are no longer accepted in your curbside recycle bins and dumpsters. Plastic bags can still be recycled at drop points throughout the region (in Kirkland, the Parkplace QFC and Totem Lake Fred Meyer) as well as at Styrofest. Aluminum foil should be thrown away. We changed these policies to make our recycling process more efficient. Plastic bags jam the sorting machines at the recycling plant multiple times a day. Aluminum foil burns up in processing, according to our recyclers, and is usually food-soiled anyway.

LightRecycle WA
LightRecycle-logo LightRecycle, a new statewide program, allows residents and business to recycle CFLs and other fluorescent light bulbs for free. Drop up to ten small CFL bulbs daily at Kirkland City Hall, any Bartell Drugs, or the Bridle Trails Ace Hardware. Fluorescent tube lights are also accepted at Ace Hardware.

Green Your Holidays
Learn how to handle your holiday waste right (PDF)- tips for recycling holiday lights, electronics, food scraps and more. Thanks for keeping Kirkland green through the holiday season!

Christmas Tree Pickup
Residents may leave whole (up to 6'), unflocked Christmas trees for free pickup with their regular curbside service during the first two weeks of January (Jan 5-16). We also encourage using tree collection services organized by local Boy Scout troops and others. If you miss the special collection dates, you may chop your Christmas tree into 4' sections and place inside your yard waste bin.

Apartment and condo residents may leave Christmas trees next to their complex dumpsters for pickup the first two weeks of January. Residents north of Forbes Creek Drive (Juanita, Kingsgate, Totem Lake, & Finn Hill) will be serviced Monday and Thursday; residents south will be serviced Tuesday and Friday. View a map of Christmas multifamily tree collection routes for 2015 (jpg).

Stop putting styrofoam in the trash, and instead bring it for recycling! The next Styrofest is January 23rd through January 26th. Check out the Styrofest guidelines (PDF, 656kb) for information on how to participate in this special collection event.

New Unwanted Medicine Disposal Program
The Kirkland Police Department now offers an ongoing program that allows citizens to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs into a secured receptacle in the Police Department lobby, located at the Kirkland Justice Center, 11750 NE 118th Street. Citizens can anonymously dispose of their unused prescription drugs Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Houghton Transfer Station Survey
Do you use the Houghton Transfer Station to dispose of garbage, yard waste or recyclables? How frequently? If the facility were to permanently close, how would you be affected? The King County Solid Waste Division needs your feedback to make decisions about changes to the King County transfer system. Please participate in a quick 14-question survey.

Plastic Bag Staff Report
View a copy of the Plastic Bag Staff Report - (PDF, 12mb, Sept 2013)

Public Works
Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
123 5th Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033
Operations & Maintenance
Mon-Fri, 6:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
915 8th St, Kirkland WA 98033

General Inquiries
Engineering: T. 425.587.3800 | F. 425.587.3807
Operations & Maintenance: T. 425.587.3900 | F. 425.587.3902