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Attend our fall events:
Sept. 10 - StyroFest
Sept. 10 - Groundwork for a Healthy Landscape
Sept. 22 - Green Cleaning Workshop
Sept. 24 - Designing a Northwest Garden
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)
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.
Stop putting styrofoam in the trash, and instead bring it for recycling! The next StyroFest is September 10, 2016.
See the StyroFest guidelines and 2016 dates
(PDF, 400kb) for information on how to recycle styrofoam at this special collection event. There is no StyroFest in October - instead, bring styrofoam to our Recycling Collection Event on October 8 at Lake Washington High School.
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.
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
- Fall Groundwork for a Healthy Landscape - Sept. 10 - Learn the best techniques to help protect your plants for the winter, save water and grow attractive, robust plants next spring.
- Green Cleaning Workshop - Sept. 22 - Our spring session was so well-received, we brought this class to the newly remodeled Kingsgate Library! This session offers great tips and recipes for making your own toxic-free cleaning products.
- Designing a Northwest Garden - Sept. 24 - Learn how to design and plant a garden that weathers all seasons in the northwest.
- 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.
We've teamed with Sight Connection for a fall clothes recycling drive. Schedule curbside pickup of textiles
on select dates in September. (Apartment and condo residents can schedule pickup at their door as well!)
Clothes, linens, and other textiles are accepted — even torn, stained, and mis-matched items, which can be recycled into carpet padding and insulation. Just don't give anything wet, mildewed, or contaminated with hazardous materials — those items should go in the trash.
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!
8am - 5pm
Kirkland City Hall
123 5th Ave
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).
10am - 12pm
203 Market Street
Sound like fun? Volunteer at the costume swap, from 9 am - 1 pm, to help set up and organize costumes, then break down after the event. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested!
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)
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.