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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.
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.
With the new policy, 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 from May 1, 2016 until May 1, 2017, to give them more time to adjust to the new policy. Retailers keep all five cents of the bag fee to defray the higher cost of the bags.
Stop putting styrofoam in the trash, and instead bring it for recycling! The next StyroFest is June 11, 2016.
Check out the StyroFest guidelines and 2016 dates
(PDF, 400kb) for information on how to recycle styrofoam at this special collection event.
Can't make it to StyroFest? Here's a list of styrofoam recycling options (pdf)
in the Seattle area. We recommend calling before you go to confirm.