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Trash, Recycling & Compost

Cut waste, recycle right & protect streams!

Not sure how to recycle something?
Contact our Recycling Hotline at (425) 587-3812 or

Recycle + reuse at our Kirkland events:
Sept 25-29 - Donate costumes
Sept 30 - Costume Swap
Oct 7 - Recycling Collection Event at LWHS
Oct 21 - Repair Cafe at LWTech

Recycle right with our Recycling Guides:
Single Family Residents (pdf, 2mb)
Apartment & Condo Residents (pdf, 2mb)

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What do I do with...?
Extra household recycling is free. Here's how to recycle or safely dispose some common items that can't go in your household recycling: 
batteries Batteries
  electronics Electronics (TVs, computers, cell phones, etc)
smoke detector icon Smoke Detectors
  cfl CFL Bulbs /
Fluorescent Tubes
medicine Medicine
  latex paint
cooking oil Cooking Oil
  clothing Clothing
styrofoam Styrofoam
  plastic bag Plastic Bags
Looking for something else? Try King County's "What Do I Do With?" directory or contact our Recycling Hotline at (425) 587-3812 or

Special Recycling Program News
Halloween Costume Swap on Sept. 30
costume-swap-kidsTrade your old costumes for ones that are new-to-you! Donate costumes, masks, and accessories at Kirkland City Hall the week of September 25-29. Then, complete the swap by selecting a donated costume at Heritage Hall on Saturday September 30. Get more details about the event.

Recycle Tricky Items at Fall Recycling Event on Oct. 7
We host two residential recycling events each year to dispose of recyclable items that are not normally accepted during weekly recycling collection service or through product stewardship programs. The fall event will be held October 7. See accepted items.

Get Broken Household Items Fixed Free at Repair Cafes
Bring your small household items and clothing to our Repair Cafe in Kirkland this fall - our expert “fixers” will repair and mend them for free! The Repair Cafe will be held on October 21 at Lake Washington Institute of Technology.
phone booksOpt Out of Your Phone Book to Stop Waste
Can't remember the last time you used your phone book? Opt out of phone book delivery to save waste.
  1. Visit
  2. Enter your zip code and create an account
  3. After completing registration, click "opt out of or order directories"
  4. Choose "opt out of all" option, then "save changes" and hit CONFIRM
Each year the phone book industry uses up an estimated 4.68 million trees worth of wood fiber, or 14 football fields’ worth of forest per day. Printing and delivering that unwanted phone book to your doorstep produces greenhouse gases equal to burning 8.8 pounds of coal. By opting out of receiving a phone book, you can reduce your environmental footprint and send a message to publishers about wasteful distribution.
    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 permanently suspended for other retailers as of April 18, 2017. Retailers keep all five cents of the bag fee to defray the higher cost of the bags.

    About the Solid Waste Division
    The City of Kirkland's Solid Waste Division manages Kirkland's garbage, recycling, and food/yard waste collection and disposal. We fund recycling programs and provide education to single-family and multifamily residents and businesses. Waste Management is Kirkland's contracted hauler, and services all residences and businesses in the city.

    We are honored to be recognized by the Washington State Recycling Association as their 2016 Public Agency Recycler of the Year.

    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