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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 the city's contracted hauler. We also fund recycling programs and provide environmental 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.

Upcoming Events
visual guide to materials accepted at StyroFestStop putting styrofoam in the trash, and instead bring it for recycling! The next StyroFest is Saturday November 28th, from 8am to 4pm. The December event has been canceled, so November will be the final StyroFest in 2015. 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. See the 2016 StyroFest dates. Please note this is now a one-day event only.

Recycling News
See Our Updated Blog
We've revamped our blog - check it out! We share behind-the-scenes looks at the world of recycling and stormwater, how-tos on greening your workplace, editorials about consumption, spotlights on useful programs, and more.

reusable bagsChoose Reusable When You Shop!
Choose reusable when you shop this holiday season! Meet the Conservation Fairy - reminding you to bring your bag when you shop in our 30-second video.

Pick up a free reusable bag at City Hall! Please limit yourself to one bag per household so that other residents can receive bags as well. Thank you!

Get Ready for Winter Weather
Learn how to prevent winter flooding, where to get sandbags, and how inclement weather affects trash service in our Fall billing insert (pdf, 1mb).

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.

Featured Programs
Waste Reduction Toolkit for Multifamily Property Managers
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.

Recycle CFLs with 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.

Threadcycle Means Worn Clothes Aren't Trash Anymore!
threadcycle - give all your clothes, shoes and linens for reuse & recyclingUp 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.

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