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Trash, Recycling & Compost

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:

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Recycling News
Bring Your Bag Kirkland logoPlastic Bag Reduction Policy
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.

2015 Recycling Changes
In 2015, plastic bags and aluminum foil are no longer accepted in curbside recycle bins and dumpsters. Plastic bags can still be recycled at regional drop points (including the Parkplace QFC and Totem Lake Fred Meyer) and at StyroFest. Aluminum foil should be thrown away. We stopped accepting these items curbside because plastic bags jam the recycling plant and aluminum foil burns up in processing.

Upcoming Events
2015 Sustainability Education Series
Logo for 2015 Sustainability Education SeriesOur Spring Sustainability Education Series, in March and April, includes a three-class Composting 101 series 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.

Stop putting styrofoam in the trash, and instead bring it for recycling! The next StyroFest is Saturday March 28th, 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.

2015 Recycling Collection Events
We host two residential recycling events and one business recycling event each year to dispose of recyclable items that are not normally accepted during weekly recycling collection service or through product stewardship programs. The spring 2015 residential event will be held May 9; the business event will be held June 11.

Featured Programs
LightRecycle WA
LightRecycle logo 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.

Unwanted Medicine Disposal Program
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.

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