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:
Kirkland Environmental Services Blog
Stop putting styrofoam in the trash, and instead bring it for recycling! The next StyroFest is Saturday September 26th, from 8am to 4pm. Please note this is now a one-day event only. The location is the City of Kirkland Maintenance Center, 915 8th Street. Check out the StyroFest guidelines (PDF, 100kb) for information on how to recycle styrofoam at this special collection event, held the fourth Saturday of most months. Note that there is no StyroFest event in October; instead, please bring styrofoam to our October 10th Residential Recycling Event.
Our Fall Sustainability Education Series, in September, will include a guided walk of Kirkland's rainwater, an outdoor movie screening of the food waste documentary Just Eat It, and a tour of the Cascade Recycling Center. Space is limited and first-come, first-served, so please register using EventBrite if you would like to attend one or all of the free events.
Just Eat It: Outdoor Movie Night at Carillon Point
Saturday, September 26, 7pm - 9:30pm
Food lovers Jen and Grant quit grocery shopping and pledge to survive on discarded food. See what they find at this outdoor movie screening at Carillon Point. Watch the movie trailer!
Please RSVP at EventBrite.
Saturday, October 10, 9am - 3pm
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 10. See what items we accept. New this year! Car seats will be accepted at the event for refurbishment or recycling with a $5 fee.
Pick up a free reusable bag at City Hall! Please limit yourself to one bag per household so that other residents can receive bags as well. Thank you!
Kirkland City Council adopted a plastic bag reduction ordinance February 17, 2015, scheduled to go into effect in March 2016.
The policy restricts disposable plastic bags and is similar to policies adopted by the Cities of Seattle and Issaquah, among others. During 2015, staff will help businesses learn how to comply with the policy and teach residents how the policy will affect them. Learn more about the plastic bag reduction policy
We've developed resources for apartments and condos to reduce their
waste, including informational posters and handouts, enclosure details,
and special programs and assistance for property managers. Use our waste reduction toolkit
to recycle more at your complex.
LightRecycle, a new statewide collection program
, allows residents and businesses to recycle CFLs and other fluorescent lightbulbs for free. Drop up to 10 CFL bulbs daily at Kirkland City Hall, any Bartell Drugs, or the Bridle Trails Ace Hardware, as well as collection sites throughout the state. Fluorescent tube lights are also accepted at the Bridle Trails Ace Hardware. Learn more about the LightRecycle program on our blog
Up to 95 percent of the clothes, shoes, and linens thrown in the garbage could have been reused or recycled.
Local organizations throughout King County now accept stained, holey or damaged items as long as they’re not wet, mildewed or contaminated with hazardous materials. Clothes and linens that aren’t reusable can be recycled into industrial wiping cloths, carpet padding, insulation and more. Find out where to give ripped, stained and damaged clothes
The Kirkland Police Department 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.