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Trash, Recycling & Compost

Cut waste, recycle right & protect streams!

Recycle at one of our special events:
June 10 - StyroFest
July 8 - StyroFest
Aug 12 - StyroFest
Sept 9 - StyroFest

Visit our booth at a local event:
June 16 - Juanita Farmer's Market
July 6 - Summer Concert Series
July 14-16 - Kirkland Uncorked
Aug 22 - Kid's Concert Series
Sept 8 - Juanita Farmer's Market

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

Contact us with recycling questions:
Contact our Recycling Hotline at (425) 587-3812 or

What do I do with...?
Recycling and disposal options in Kirkland for these common items:
batteries Batteries
  electronics Electronics
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

Special Recycling Program News  
ripped jeans for recyclingDonate ALL Clothes, Even Torn and Stained, for Recycling
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. 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.

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 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.

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