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:
Kirkland Environmental Services Blog
Stop putting styrofoam in the trash, and instead bring it for recycling! The next StyroFest is Saturday July 25th, 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.
This summer we'll have a table at Summerfest, Kirkland Uncorked, two Wednesday Farmers Markets and two Friday Farmers Markets - come play our recycling game to win free waste reduction goodies like water bottles, battery chargers, thumb drives and more! Bring your trickiest recycling questions and try to stump us!
Kirkland City Council adopted a plastic bag reduction ordinance February 17, 2015, scheduled to go into effect in March 2016.
Our Spring Sustainability Education Series, in September, will include a guided walk of Kirkland's stormwater, an outdoor movie screening of the food waste documentary Just Eat It, and a tour of the Cascade Recycling Center. Check back soon for links to register!
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
Juanita High School recently started composting, and the school's Earth Corps created a music video urging their fellow students to use the compost bins on campus
. They presented the short film to City Council on May 5. Nice work!
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.
We've developed resources for apartments and condos to reduce their
waste, including informational posters and handouts, enclosure details,
and special programs and assistance for property managers. Use our waste reduction toolkit
to recycle more at your complex.
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
Up to 95 percent of the clothes, shoes, and linens thrown in the garbage could have been reused or recycled.
Local organizations throughout King County now accept stained, holey or damaged items as long as they’re not wet, mildewed or contaminated with hazardous materials. Clothes and linens that aren’t reusable can be recycled into industrial wiping cloths, carpet padding, insulation and more. Find out where to give ripped, stained and damaged clothes
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.