Hazardous Waste - drop off at disposal sites
Hazardous waste, including oil-based paint, CFL bulbs, batteries, chemicals, pesticides, propane tanks, and automobile fluids, do not belong in the trash. Bring them to these locations for proper disposal:
Medicine and Sharps - drop off at disposal sites
Do not throw away or flush unwanted medicine. Safely dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medicine at secure medicine return kiosks in Kirkland.
Sharps should be collected in a sharps container or 2-liter bottle and disposed at safe drop locations in King County, which include a drop box in Bellevue and the Shoreline Transfer Station.
Electronics - recycle next to your cart or at drop-offs
Do not throw away electronics. Recycle electronics for free with our curbside electronics recycling program or at E-Cycle Washington drop-off sites.
Food - compost in your gray food + yard cart
While composting your food is not required in Kirkland, we strongly encourage you to put wasted food in your food and yard waste cart instead of throwing it away. Food that's thrown away sits in the landfill for years before it decomposes. Food placed in your gray food+yard waste cart is composted and turned into a rich soil amendment. Composting food is a simple and impactful way to reduce your household's environmental impact.
Yard Waste - compost in your gray food + yard cart
Yard waste should be disposed in your gray food+yard waste cart. However, certain weeds are so important to control, and easy to spread, that they are recommended to be disposed in the garbage instead of yard waste.