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All your recyclables go in your blue dumpster/cart. Make sure recyclables are clean and placed loosely (out of bags/boxes) so that they can easily be sorted after collection.

Why should I recycle and where does it all go?Recycling Center
Recycle to save money. By taking the time to put recyclables in your blue dumpster/cart, you generate less trash. With less trash, your complex can opt for a smaller (and cheaper) garbage service level. Recycling also helps the environment because items are made into new things instead of sitting unused in the landfill for a lifetime.

Recyclables go to the Cascade Recycling Center in Woodinville where they are sorted and eventually sold to be made into new products.

What can I put in my blue dumpster/cart?
Recycle CartAccepted paper, plastic, glass, aluminum/tin, and scrap metal go in your blue dumpster/cart. Download the complete guide (pdf, 2.2mb).

Make sure to ignore the numbers on plastics and refer to the complete guide on what you can put in your blue dumpster/cart. Minimizing contamination (putting the wrong items) can help keep costs low for all residents.

Collection Events

Stop putting plastic foam in the trash and start bringing it to StyroFest. About one Saturday a month, the City of Kirkland hosts a collection event for plastic foam recycling. View all 2017 dates and a complete list of items that will be accepted at the event (.pdf, 250kb). Note that packing peanuts are NOT accepted. 

Recycling Collection Event
Twice a year (May and October), we hold a Recycling Collection Event for residents to bring in recyclable materials that are not collected curbside.

Special Recycling Programs
These items are recyclable, but do not belong inside your blue dumpster/cart and require proper disposal.

Do you have any tools and resources to help my property recycle?
Yes! The City of Kirkland offers the following:

Recycling Containers

Outreach Materials
Our free recycling guides and resources make it easy to figure out what can be recycled and how to dispose of items properly.

Onsite Assistance
We can come to your property to:

  • Help you determine the right size of garbage and recycling dumpsters/carts to minimize your expenses
  • Present and educate residents on what's recyclable and not
  • Identify areas for improvement

Property managers can request materials and assistance - and download printable resources - through our Multifamily Waste Reduction Toolkit.

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