Trash, Recycling + Compost Service

Recycling Program News

Free Christmas Tree Collection

Kirkland offers free Christmas tree collection during the first two full weeks of January (January 4-15). Place undecorated, unflocked natural trees under 6’ tall next to your cart on your regular service day during the first two weeks of January. Trees taller than 6’ should be cut into segments up to 6’ long. Collected trees will be composted by Cedar Grove.

Apartment and condo-dwellers also have access to Christmas tree collection next to their dumpsters on specific dates. For those who live in apartments in the northern part of Kirkland (Juanita, Finn Hill, Kingsgate, Totem Lake), trees will be collected on Mondays and Thursdays (Jan 4, 7, 11, 14); apartment residents in the southern part of Kirkland will have trees collected on Tuesdays and Fridays (Jan 5, 8, 12, 15). See our Christmas tree collection map(PDF, 5MB) for a more detailed view.

Artificial trees must be disposed in the garbage – there is no recycling option – so if you are ready to switch away from an artificial tree you have, see if you can find someone else who can use it before resorting to the trash can.

Single Family 2021 Recycling Guide cover 2021 Recycling Guides

You should have received your 2021 Recycling Guide in the mail during December.

What's new in this year's guide:

  • Plant pots are no longer accepted - there are limited markets for the material and they tend to be contaminated with dirt
  • Loose plastic lids are no longer accepted - plastic lids should be screwed or snapped back on to containers - loose plastic lids often accidentally get sorted with paper, reducing its value and ability to be recycled

If you didn't receive your guide, email us to request a hard copy to be mailed to you. Please include your mailing address and whether you live in a house or apartment / condo. Email to request a copy.

Errata: the Single Family guide contained a typo. The rates page is titled "2020" but the rates are correct for 2021. Solid waste rates did not increase for 2021.

Winter Service Alerts

Winter Weather Delays

If Waste Management determines that weather conditions make collection unsafe, they may postpone collection until the following week, when customers can put out twice their regular amount of material. They may also choose to start service later the same day to allow road conditions to improve, but may not have time to collect all materials, in which case missed customers can put out twice their regular amount of material the following week. No credits or refunds will be issued for collection delays due to weather.

Get daily service updates about weather delays at Waste Management's Weatherboard or call Waste Management at 1-800-592-9995.

How to Sign Up for Service Alerts by Phone

If you would like to receive phone alerts about winter weather service delays (may not receive till the afternoon on the day service is cancelled), you can sign up to receive them. If you have received calls from WM in the past, you do not need to do anything. Sign up through the Our Kirkland service portal.

  1. On the first step, you do not need to provide a location.
  2. For the issue, go to Garbage/Water/Sewer Billing, then select "I Want to Receive Waste Management Alerts"
  3. Provide your phone number, service address, and whether you are owner or tenant.

You will be signed up within a week or so, when we next sync our records with Waste Management. 

Pandemic Waste Service Updates

Safer Recycling Events

We anticipate hosting recycling events in 2021, when safety guidelines permit.

Sign up for email alerts about recycling events

Waste Service and Program Updates

Email Us for Recycling Help

City Hall is closed to the public and our Recycling Team is working remotely. We're still answering recycling questions! For the fastest response, please email us your recycling questions. If you call, please leave a voicemail with your address and question, and we will call you back. We monitor the Recycling Hotline during business hours.

City Recycling Drop-Offs Are Closed

The City Hall Recycling Center and community center battery, cell phone, and smoke detector drop-offs are closed.

Food-Scrap-Bucket.jpgRequest a Free Countertop Food Scrap Pail

 We can mail you a Recycling Guide or drop off a countertop food scrap kit on your doorstep. Simply contact us to request a compost pail. Be sure to provide your address (including unit number if at an apartment). We will complete deliveries within a few weeks.

Curbside Bulky Waste Collection Resumed Aug. 3

Waste Management had suspended residential curbside bulky waste collection (ex. large TV’s, couches, mattresses) during the spring and early summer. As of August 3, bulky curbside collection is available again. Note that there is a charge for this service based on the items. More information is available on WM's service alert page.

What Your Recycling Team Does

The Solid Waste Division manages Kirkland's curbside waste collection service, contracted with Waste Management. Kirkland residents and businesses have curbside waste collection service including garbage, recycling, and food + yard waste composting. 

We also host special recycling events and drop-off locations. Learn about our community recycling goals and the services we provide to help Kirkland residents and businesses recycle better and reduce their waste.

Recycling is important, but we're also promoting the first two R's - reduce and reuse - so that Kirkland will make less waste. It's better for the environment to make less waste, even if it could be recycled or composted.