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Trash, Recycling & Compost

Cut waste, recycle right & protect our lake!

Recycle & reduce at free local events:
Mar. 3 - StyroFest
Mar. 3 - Electronics Recycling at Bridle Trailslinks to external site*
Apr. 7 - StyroFest
Apr. 7 - Electronics Recycling at Bridle Trailslinks to external site*
Apr. 17 - Recycling Center Tour
Apr. 28 - Recycling Collection Event
* not a City-affiliated event

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

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 cart
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 +
Plastic Wrap / Film

Looking for something else? Try King County's "What Do I Do With?" directory or contact our Recycling Hotline at (425) 587-3812 or

Comment on King County's Solid Waste Management Plan by March 8
King County is developing a 20-year plan for managing garbage and recycling, and the community needs to weigh in. Resident input is important to ensure King County and local cities provide the services customers expect while keeping fees as low and stable as possible.

The draft Comprehensive Solid Waste Management planlinks to external site is open now for public comment through March 8, 2018. The draft includes three big issues that will affect everyone in King County (including Kirkland residents):

  1. King County’s goal is to increase the recycling rate from the current 52% of the County-wide waste stream to 70%. What actions should we take to reach our 70 percent goal?
  2. What are the most important services that should be provided at King County's garbage and recycling transfer facilities, including facilities in northeast King County (i.e. Houghton Transfer Station)?
  3. How should King County dispose of its garbage over the long term?

Learn more by checking out the plan (pdf)links to external site and watching the short videos on their webpagelinks to external site.

Complete a short on-line survey in Englishlinks to external site or en Españollinks to external site. Your comments will inform policy makers as they decide how garbage and recycling are managed in our county in the future.

Send comments on the draft plan to

Special Recycling Program News
New Latex Paint Recycling Program Offers an Alternative to the Landfill
Latex paint is not hazardous, so for years everyone has been forced to dry out latex paint and throw it away due to a lack of take-back programs. A new King County program offers residents and businesses an alternative to landfilling latex paint: recycling it!

You can now drop off unwanted latex paint, water-based stains and clear finishes for recycling, for a small fee, at any Take it Back Network locationlinks to external site. Call ahead to determine the amount of the fee. The closest option to Kirkland is the Bothell Recology Storelinks to external site.

The unwanted latex paint is sent to GreenSheen EcoFriendlylinks to external site paint for recycling back into fresh latex paint. Old latex paint is screened, infused with mold inhibitor and resold as an environmentally friendly latex paint product.

Residents and businesses should continue to take oil-based paints and stains to household hazardous waste facilities for proper disposal, at no cost.

Kirkland's Recycling Program
See Our 2017 Highlights — and Kirkland's Recycling Numbers
Check out our recycling team's highlights from 2017 — plus get the numbers on how Kirkland residents are doing at recycling.

How Winter Weather Delays Work
Check for weather delays at Waste Management's Weatherboard.

If Waste Management determines that weather conditions make collection unsafe, they may postpone collection until the following week, when customers can put out twice their regular amount of material. They may also choose to start service later the same day to allow road conditions to improve, but may not have time to collect all materials, in which case missed customers can put out twice their regular amount of material the following week.

Plastic Bag Reduction Policy in Effect 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 businessesWaste 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 2017 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