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Trash, Recycling & Compost

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Cut waste, recycle right & protect our lake!

Recycle at an upcoming event:
Feb. 3 - StyroFest
Mar. 3 - StyroFest

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

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
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 recycle@kirklandwa.gov.

Special Recycling Program News
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 to Dispose of Your Christmas Tree
The time for the special Christmas tree pickup has passed. If you still have an unflocked Christmas tree to dispose of, you may chop up the tree into 3' or smaller sections and place inside your yard waste bin. Flocked Christmas trees must be disposed of as trash.

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 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 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 2016 Public Agency Recycler of the Year.

Public Works
Engineering
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
E-mail: pwservicerequest@kirklandwa.gov

Engineering: T. 425.587.3800 | F. 425.587.3807
Operations & Maintenance: T. 425.587.3900 | F. 425.587.3902