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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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Attend our upcoming events:
Sept. 29 - Clear Your Clutter Workshop
Oct. 3-7 - Drop off Halloween costumes
Oct. 6 - Visit the Recycling Center
Oct. 8 - Wildlife Gardening for Pest Control
Oct. 8 - Recycling Collection Event
Oct. 8 - Halloween Costume Swap

Read our latest newsletters (pdf):
Single Family Residents (Fall 2016)
Apartment & Condo Residents (Fall 2016)
Businesses (2016)

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. ​

Recycling Events
Fall Recycling Collection Event
We host two residential recycling events each year to dispose of recyclable items that are not normally accepted during weekly recycling collection service or through product stewardship programs. The fall event will be held October 8. See accepted items on the event listing.

Halloween Costume Swap
Trade your old costumes for ones that are new-to-you! Donate costumes, masks, and accessories at Kirkland City Hall the week of October 3-7. Then, complete the swap by selecting a donated costume at Heritage Hall on Saturday October 8! Costumes of all sizes - from baby to adult - will be accepted. Items should be clean and in good, wearable condition (e.g. no broken zippers).
  • Donate Costumes
    October 3-7
    8am - 5pm
    Kirkland City Hall
    123 5th Ave
  • Swap Costumes
    October 8
    10am - 12pm
    Heritage Hall
    203 Market Street
Sustainability Education Series
This fall, go green at home or in your yard with one of our free workshops! We've partnered with Seattle Tilth and King County Library System to bring you six free classes:
  • Clear Your Clutter Workshop - Sept. 29 - Learn how to simplify your life, buy less, and make your home healthier and happier.
  • Visit the Recycling Center - Oct. 6 - See what happens after your recycling is picked up at the curb on this tour of Waste Management’s recycling facility in Woodinville.
  • Wildlife Garden for Natural Pest Control - Oct. 8 - Learn about the beneficial wild fauna found in a typical garden, how they help your plants bear fruit and fight off pests, and how to create a landscape that keeps them on site year round.
visual guide to materials accepted at StyroFestStyroFest

There is no StyroFest in October - instead, bring styrofoam to our Recycling Collection Event on October 8 at Lake Washington High School.

Stop putting styrofoam in the trash, and instead bring it for recycling! See 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 are more styrofoam recycling options (pdf) in the Seattle area. We recommend calling before you go to confirm.

September Clothes Drive
In September, we teamed with Sight Connection and Waste Management for a clothes recycling drive. Kirkland single family residents can recycle textiles next to their carts year-round, and all residents can recycle textiles at local drop-off sites through the Threadcycle program. Learn how you can recycle your unwanted textiles, even unwearable items.

Conservation Crossword Puzzle
Here's the solution for our Multifamily Conservation Crossword puzzle (pdf, 1mb).
Didn't get the multifamily newsletter? Here's the blank crossword puzzle (pdf, 140kb).
conservation crossword puzzle

Plastic Bag Policy Effective as of March 1, 2016

Kirkland's plastic bag policy took effect on March 1, 2016. The policy restricts disposable plastic bags at checkout and is similar to policies adopted by Seattle, Issaquah, and other cities.

Large paper bags now cost five cents at grocery stores, convenience stores and gas stations, pharmacies, and supercenters. The requirement to charge for paper bags has been temporarily suspended for other retailers until May 1, 2017. Retailers keep all five cents of the bag fee to defray the higher cost of the bags.

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