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Community Food Scrap Drop-Off

community compost drop-off point at City HallKirkland multifamily residents who want to compost now have a new option: a pilot community food scrap drop-off program. Any apartment or condo resident who does not have access to a compost cart at their complex can bring food scraps to a drop-off location in downtown Kirkland.

How It Works:

  1. Bring all food scraps, including bones, shells, meat and dairy.

  2. Use compostable bags like BioBags or paper bags, or dump food scraps directly from a reusable container. No plastic bags.

    Residents can get a free sample of compostable bags from the Public Works counter at City Hall. Additionally, residents can pick up a free food scrap reusable container at the Recycling Center in the downstairs entrance of City Hall.

  3. Place food scraps in gray carts in loading bay at Kirkland City Hall at 123 5th Ave. All material will be composted by Cedar Grove.

About the Pilot Program

We know that many Kirkland residents would like to compost their food scraps, but their apartment or condo complex might not be interested in or qualify for our on-site compost program. We are piloting this community food scrap drop-off program, inspired by a program in New York, to provide better access to composting for our multifamily residents.

If you participate in the program, we would love to get your feedback! Email us at

Live in another area outside of downtown Kirkland? We are planning to add an additional pilot site in 2018. Let us know what part of town you live in so we can offer a food scrap drop-off location in your area. You can email us at

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

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