All your recyclables go in your blue cart. Make sure recyclables are clean and placed loosely (out of bags/boxes) so that they can easily be sorted after collection.
Extra recycling is free. Place extra household recyclables next to your cart in a paper bag, cardboard box, or reusable container labeled "Recycling". Extra cardboard boxes can be broken down and placed next to your cart.
Recycle to save money. By taking the time to put recyclables in your blue cart, you generate less trash. With less trash, you 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.
Accepted paper, plastic, glass, aluminum/tin, and scrap metal go in your blue cart. As of 2016, aluminum pie plates and lids smaller than 3" across are not accepted in curbside recycling. As of 2015, plastic bags and aluminum foil are not accepted in curbside recycling. Download the complete guide (pdf, 3.4mb).
Make sure to ignore the numbers on plastics and refer to the complete guide on what you can put in your blue cart. Minimizing contamination (putting in the wrong items) can help keep costs low for all residents.
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). Note that packing peanuts are NOT accepted.
Twice a year (May and October), we hold a Special Recycling Collection Event for residents to bring in recyclable materials that are not collected curbside.
These items are recyclable, but do not belong inside your blue cart and require proper disposal.
Before you put it in the trash, check out King County’s What Do I Do With... website to see if items can be brought somewhere to be recycled.