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Trash, Recycling & Compost

Cut waste, recycle right & protect streams! Follow us for hyper-local green info:
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Attend our upcoming events:
Jan. 7 - StyroFest
Feb. 4 - Repair Cafe with EcoConsumer
Feb. 11 - StyroFest

See our 2017 Recycling Guides:
Single Family Residents (pdf, 2mb)
Apartment & Condo Residents (pdf, 2mb)

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. ​

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.

Collection Service
New Service Days for 21% of Customers
Starting in 2017, Waste Management changed the service day for 21% of Kirkland's residential customers to make their routes more efficient. Affected customers were notified in December 2016; if you did not receive notification, your service day remains the same. Verify your service day using this map (pdf, 1.3mb).

Special Recycling Programs
visual guide to materials accepted at StyroFestStyroFest
Stop putting styrofoam in the trash, and instead bring it for recycling! The first 2017 StyroFest event will be January 7, with revised hours (9 am - 3 pm). See the StyroFest guidelines and 2017 dates (PDF, 250kb) for information on how to recycle styrofoam at this special collection event. The event is open to Kirkland residents only - please bring Kirkland ID or proof of residence. 

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.

Christmas Tree Pickup (Jan 2-13)
Single Family Residents
Residents may leave whole (up to 6' tall), unflocked Christmas trees for free pickup with your regular curbside service during the first two weeks of January (Jan 2-13). If you miss the special collection dates, you may chop your Christmas tree into 3' sections and place inside your yard waste bin.
Apartment and Condo Residents
Apartment and condo residents may leave unflocked Christmas trees (up to 6' tall) next to your complex dumpsters or carts for pickup on specific days during the first two weeks of January (Jan 2-13). Taller trees should be cut into sections 6' or shorter. Trees will be composted with Cedar Grove.
Properties north of Forbes Creek Drive (Juanita, Kingsgate, Totem Lake, & Finn Hill) will be picked up Monday and Thursday; properties south will be picked up Tuesday and Friday. View a map of Christmas multifamily tree collection routes (jpg).

Recycle Clothes with Threadcycle
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.

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