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Trash, Recycling & Compost

Cut waste, recycle right & protect our lake!

Recycle & learn at free local events:
Apr. 28 - Recycling Collection Event
May 11-13 - Hazardous Wastemobilelinks to external site
May 12 - Mother's Day at McAuliffe Parklinks to external site event

Not sure how to recycle something?
Contact our Recycling Hotline at (425) 587-3812 or

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

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What do I do with...?
Extra household recycling is free. Here's how to recycle or safely dispose some common items that can't go in your household recycling cart
batteries Batteries
  electronics Electronics (TVs, computers, cell phones, etc)
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 +
Plastic Wrap / Film

Looking for something else? Try King County's "What Do I Do With?" directory or contact our Recycling Hotline at (425) 587-3812 or

Earth Month Events
To celebrate Earth Month, we're offering events to help you recycle more:

  • Recycling Collection Event. April 28, 9:00am-3:00pm. Stop by Kirkland’s biannual recycling event to recycle mattresses, bulky wood, refrigerators, and more. This event is popular, so there may be a wait to dispose of your material. We encourage residents to come in the afternoon if possible to avoid traffic from another event in the morning.

Special Recycling Program News
latex paintNew Latex Paint Recycling Program Offers an Alternative to the Landfill
Latex paint is not hazardous, so for years everyone in Washington has been forced to dry out latex paint and throw it away due to a lack of take-back programs. A new King County program offers residents and businesses an alternative to landfilling latex paint: recycling it!

You can now drop off unwanted latex paint, water-based stains and clear finishes for recycling, for a small fee, at any Take it Back Network locationlinks to external site. Call ahead to determine the amount of the fee. The closest options to Kirkland are the Bothell Recology Storelinks to external site and the Bellevue Habitat for Humanitylinks to external site.

The unwanted latex paint is sent to GreenSheen EcoFriendly paintlinks to external site for recycling back into fresh latex paint. Old latex paint is screened, infused with mold inhibitor and resold as an environmentally friendly latex paint product.

Residents and businesses should continue to take oil-based paints and stains to household hazardous waste facilities for proper disposal, at no cost.

Kirkland's Recycling Program
See Our 2017 Highlights — and Kirkland's Recycling Numbers
Check out our recycling team's highlights from 2017 — plus get the numbers on how Kirkland residents are doing at recycling.

Plastic Bag Reduction Policy in Effect 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 permanently suspended for other retailers as of April 18, 2017. Retailers keep all five cents of the bag fee to defray the higher cost of the bags.

About the Solid Waste Division
The City of Kirkland's 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 businessesWaste Management is Kirkland's contracted hauler, and services all residences and businesses in the city.

We are honored to be recognized by the Washington State Recycling Association as their 2017 Public Agency Recycler of the Year.

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