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Styrofoam and Plastic Bags

Styrofoam and plastic bags cannot be recycled in your curbside recycling containers because they cause problems at the recycling facility. However, you can drop off both styrofoam and plastic bags at special collection locations to be recycled.

styrofest-visual-guideStyroFest Monthly Recycling Event
Both styrofoam and plastic bags are accepted at this special collection event hosted by the City of Kirkland. We also accept flexible styrofoam (EPE) and white plastic strapping. Materials must be clean, dry and empty, and should be sorted by type and color. Please remove packing tape and labels. Packing peanuts are not accepted at StyroFest.

See the StyroFest guidelines and 2018 dates (PDF, 267kb) for details. The event is open to Kirkland residents only. 

Plastic Bag Recycling Drop-Off Locations in Kirkland
Many grocery stores accept plastic bags for recycling. Bundle your bread bags, newspaper bags, produce bags, dry cleaning bags, and more to return to stores. See all accepted items, and find more locations beyond Kirkland, at BagYourBags.comlinks to external site.
accepted plastic bags for recycling
These locations have been confirmed to have plastic bag recycling stations (check at your preferred store even if it's not on this list):

Fred Meyer
1221 120th Ave NE

Safeway
12519 NE 85th St

QFC
211 Park Place Center

QFC
11224 NE 124th St

Styrofoam Recycling Drop-Off Locations in Seattle Area

StyroFest is the only option for recycling styrofoam in Kirkland. Can't make it to StyroFest? The closest free, permanent option for recycling styrofoam is The Big Guys in Woodinville:

The Big Guys Delivery & Installation
18815 139th Ave NE, Suite D
Woodinville, WA 98072
Drop-off area at back of building
Mon-Fri: 9 am – 4 pm
Accepted: The Big Guys accepts block stryofoam (EPS). They do not accept styrofoam takeout containers.

Here are more styrofoam recycling options (pdf) in the Seattle area, including Bothell, Issaquah, Kent, Shoreline and Seattle SoDo. We recommend calling before you go to confirm they will accept your material.

Packing Peanuts Recycling
UPS accepts packing peanuts, bubble wrap, and air pillows for recycling. 

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