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Trash, Recycling & Compost

Cut waste, recycle right & protect streams! Follow us for tips on living green in Kirkland:
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Read our latest newsletters (pdf):
Single Family Residents (Spring 2016)
Apartment & Condo Residents (Fall 2015)
Businesses (Spring 2015)

The Solid Waste Division handles all services associated with garbage, recycling, and food/yard waste collection, processing, and disposal. Waste Management is Kirkland's contracted hauler. We fund recycling programs like StyroFest and provide education and outreach. Our services are tailored to residents in single family homes, residents in apartments and condos, and businesses. For all your recycle, compost, and trash questions, contact us. ​

Plastic Bag Ban Takes Effect March 1, 2016
Kirkland's plastic bag ban will take effect March 1, 2016. The policy restricts disposable plastic bags and is similar to policies adopted by Seattle, Issaquah, and other cities.

The Conservation Fairy Says: Don't Forget to Bring Your Bag!
Starting March 1, paper bags will cost five cents. Save yourself money and pick up a free reusable bag at City Hall!

The Conservation Fairy says: Don't Forget to Bring Your Bag!
Meet the Conservation Fairy in our PSA series. Remember: don't forget to bring your bag!

Recycling Events
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Stop putting styrofoam in the trash, and instead bring it for recycling! The next StyroFest is February 6, 2016. Check out the StyroFest guidelines and 2016 dates (PDF, 400kb) for information on how to recycle styrofoam at this special collection event.

Can't make it to StyroFest? Here's a list of styrofoam recycling options (pdf) in the Seattle area.

Service Alerts
Inclement Weather Waste Service
If Waste Management determines that weather conditions make collection unsafe, they may postpone collection until the following week, when customers can put out twice their regular amount of material. Check for weather delays at Waste Management's Weatherboard.

City Hall Recycling Station Available During Remodel
Our Recycling Station has moved downstairs to City Hall's new entrance. Please continue to bring household batteries, rechargeable batteries, cellphones, CFL bulbs, and smoke detectors to City Hall for recycling during business hours.

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