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Trash, Recycling & Compost

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Read our latest newsletters (pdf):
Single Family Residents (Spring 2016)
Apartment & Condo Residents (Spring 2016)
Businesses (Spring 2015)

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. ​

Plastic Bag Policy Effective 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.

On April 5, 2016, the Kirkland City Council discussed a moratorium on the five cent fee that retailers are required to charge customers for grocery-size paper bags. They agreed to consider an ordinance at their next meeting on April 19. If passed by the City Council, the moratorium will apply to the majority of retail businesses in Kirkland. If passed, only grocery stores, convenience stores, warehouse stores, superstores, and pharmacies will be required to charge for paper bags over the next year, and other businesses may charge for bags at their discretion. However, until a new ordinance passes, the plastic bag reduction ordinance is still in effect and all retailers are required to charge five cents for large paper bags. Retailers keep all five cents of the bag fee to defray the higher cost of the bags.

Don't Forget to Bring Your Bag!

Meet the Conservation Fairy in our PSA series. With the new policy, large paper bags now cost five cents. Remember: don't forget to bring your bag!

kirkland conservation fairy with reusable bag

Think you saw a plastic bag where it doesn't belong?
If you noticed a plastic bag that you think doesn't belong, please use our form to let us know. Our policy includes some exemptions, like takeout food bags, dry cleaning bags, and bags for bulk items and meat or frozen food. We're taking an educational approach to enforcement and will work with the business to make sure they understand how to comply with the policy.

Recycling Events
visual guide to materials accepted at StyroFestStyroFest
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.

Celebrate Earth Month with Kirkland Conserves Workshops
Celebrate Earth Month with a free workshop or talk each Thursday in April. Our fifth annual sustainability Education Series is being held in partnership with King County Library System. See all our events at

Let’s Talk Trash: Annie Crawley – April 21, 7-8 p.m., Kirkland Library
Take an expedition to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch with photographer and author Annie Crawley. RSVP appreciated.

Easy Home Efficiency – April 28, 6:30-8 p.m., Kirkland Library
Learn free and cheap ways to save water and energy at home from Puget Sound Energy and Cascade Water Alliance. RSVP appreciated.

Residential Recycling Collection Event on May 14

Our Spring 2016 Recycling Collection Event will be held May 14, 9-3pm, at Lake Washington High School.

Twice a year, we hold a Recycling Collection Event for residents to bring in recyclable materials that aren't accepted curbside. See what items we accept (pdf, 1.2mb). Bike Works will be accepting used bike donations to support their programming. Confidential shredding will be available. Some materials have a processing fee - cash only.

Wastemobile in Kirkland May 20-22

The Wastemobile will be in Kirkland at Northwestern University 10-5 daily on Friday, May 20, Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22.

Safely dispose of hazardous materials like batteries, oil-based paint, fluorescent light bulbs and tubes, pesticides, propane tanks, motor oil, and cleaning products.

Can't make it to the Kirkland Wastemobile? The Wastemobile will be in Bothell from May 13-15 and June 24-26.

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