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Be Cart Smart

In June 2012, the Kirkland City Council passed a new ordinance revising and simplifying the residential garbage and recycling cart placement regulations. The new regulations were implemented in an effort to improve pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicle safety and neighborhood aesthetics.

To comply with the new ordinance, please remember to:

  • Place carts out no earlier than 24 hours before your service day
  • Remove carts from public property no later than 24 hours after your service day
  • Where available, place your carts in grass planter strips between the curb and sidewalk
  • Where grass planter strips are not available, place carts out in such a way that does not restrict the reasonable and safe use of the street, sidewalk, or bicycle lanes by pedestrians, bicyclists, and automobiles

Here are a few examples:

Do Don't
Carts are on the planter strip
Carts are on the planter strip.
Cart is blocking the bicycle lane
Cart is blocking the bicycle lane.
Do Don't
Carts are not restricting pedestrians from using the sidewalk
Carts are not restricting pedestrians from using the sidewalk.
Carts are blocking the sidewalk
Pedestrians have to go off the sidewalk and into the bicycle lane to get around.
Do Don't
Carts are not blocking the sidewalk, bicycle lane, and street
Carts are not blocking the sidewalk, bicycle lane, and street.
Carts
Very busy street. Not enough room for pedestrians or bicyclists to get by.
Do Don't
Carts are on the driveway, but still accessible to collection trucks
Carts are on the driveway (private property), but still accessible to Waste Management trucks.
Carts are accessible to collection trucks, but are next to the fogline
Carts are accessible to Waste Management trucks, but are next to the fogline.

For more information, please contact John MacGillivray, Solid Waste Programs Lead, at (425) 587-3804.

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