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Trash, Recycling & Compost

Cut waste, recycle right & protect streams!

Attend our recycling & reuse events:
Apr. 1 - Green Home Challenge begins
Apr. 8 - StyroFest
Apr. 11 - Green Cleaning Class
Apr. 18 - Everyday Cycling Class
Apr. 20 - Turning Homeward book talk
Apr. 26 - Earth Fair + LED Sale
Apr. 27 - Clutter Clearing Workshop
May 13 - Spring Recycling Collection Event
May 19-21 - Hazardous Wastemobile

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Recycle right with our Recycling Guides:
Single Family Residents (pdf, 2mb)
Apartment & Condo Residents (pdf, 2mb)

Contact us with recycling questions:
Contact our Recycling Hotline at (425) 587-3812 or

What do I do with...?
Find recycling and disposal options for these common question items:
batteries Batteries
  electronics Electronics
smoke detector icon Smoke Detectors
  cfl CFL Bulbs /
Fluorescent Tubes
medicine Medicine
  latex paint
cooking oil Cooking Oil
  clothing Clothing
styrofoam Styrofoam
  plastic bag Plastic Bags

Celebrate Earth Month in April
Green Living Classes
Registration is open for our April classes on green cleaning, clutter clearing, and everyday cycling.

Earth Fair + LED Sale
We're hosting an Earth Fair and LED Sale at City Hall on Wednesday April 26. Come buy discounted LEDs, recycle fluorescent tubes, and take home free waste-saving tools. Learn from ten+ local organizations about recycling, alternative commuting, wildlife-friendly gardening, climate advocacy, and more.

Take the Green Home Challenge
During the month of April, join our community challenge to green your house one step at a time. Sign up for our email course now so you don't miss a day!

Special Recycling Program News
Spring 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 spring event will be held May 13. See flyer of accepted items.

Safe Medicine Disposal
New programs have added options for secure medicine disposal in Kirkland. Safely dispose of unwanted medications - prescription and over-the-counter - at five secure disposal kiosks in Kirkland.

Winter Preparedness
Get Ready for Winter Weather
Learn how to prevent winter flooding, where to get sandbags, and how inclement weather affects trash service in our Fall billing insert (pdf, 1mb).

Inclement Weather Waste Service Delays
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.

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.

About the Solid Waste Division
The Solid Waste Division manages Kirkland's garbage, recycling, and food/yard waste collection and disposal. We fund recycling programs and provide education to single-family and multifamily residents and businesses. Waste Management is Kirkland's contracted hauler.

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