Trash, Recycling + Compost Service

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Curbside waste collection service includes garbage, recycling, and food + yard waste composting. Collection is provided by Waste Management (WM). Many drop-off recycling options are available for items that cannot be recycled curbside.

Missed pickup? Broken cart? Contact Waste Management for assistance.
Other question? See our contact information.

What you can put in your cart or dumpster

In Kirkland, garbage carts are green Trash-Cart.jpg, recycle carts are blue Recycle-Cart.jpg, and food & yard waste (compost) carts are gray Compost-Cart.jpg. (Food scrap composting available by request for apartments and businesses.)

What do I do with...?

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There are many ways to recycle items you can't put in your cart. See our drop-off recycling guide with options for TVs, plastic bags, paint, old clothes, and more.

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Your waste collection service

Rates and billing information

Rates are determined by the size of your garbage container. All residents and businesses in Kirkland must subscribe to waste collection service.

In preparation for a new contract with WM starting in July, rates are increasing in February and July 2022.

Service information

How to put out your materials, holiday schedules, included curbside services, and more.

event staff removing latex paint from back of car at paint recycling eventRecycling Events

We are prioritizing recycling events for materials with the greatest environmental benefit, that do not have other accessible recycling options. The best way to hear about upcoming events is to sign up for our recycling event email list.

Sign up for recycling event email reminders

April is Earth Month

Every year, Kirkland recognizes April as Earth Month to honor the value of our environment and natural spaces. The City, partner organizations, and community volunteers are offering many opportunities for the Kirkland community to contribute to our city's environment and learn about more sustainable ways to live. Join us to celebrate Earth Month!

Recycling program updates

Coming July 2022: Updated waste collection services

Waste Management collects waste from Kirkland residents and business under a contract with the city. A new 10.5-year contract for waste collection services starts July 1, 2022. Updated services and expanded customer service hours will be available to all customers.

Weekly waste collection service and curbside recycling options for single-family residents will continue, and the items accepted in curbside recycling will stay the same. Updated services will be available starting in July, including one free bulky item pickup each year, more affordable rates for bulky item collection, longer customer service hours on Saturdays, and more. Under the new contract, businesses will have access to unlimited recycling capacity at no additional cost.

A new fleet of "near zero"-emissions collection vehicles will keep Kirkland's air healthier, be quieter, and reduce climate impacts. Aging BigBelly public trash and recycling stations in downtown Kirkland will be replaced.

Leading up to the new contract, rates for waste collection services are increasing to cover significant cost increases over the past decade for labor, King County disposal fees, and recycling processing. Rate increases are effective February 1 and July 1, 2022. Discounted rates are available for low-income seniors and disabled residents.

All single-family residents will receive a mailer with updated rates in mid-February. You can also see updated rates and learn about the new waste contract at kirklandwa.gov/wastecontract.

Food-Scrap-Bucket.jpgRequest a free food scrap pail

We are providing no-contact deliveries of countertop food scrap kits. Simply email us at recycle@kirklandwa.gov 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.

Drop-off Recycling

Drop off batteries, CFLs and cell phones at Kirkland City Hall

The City Hall Recycling Center and community center recycling drop-offs are open.

microwave, TV, laptop and smartphone as examples of electronics to recycleRecycle electronics next to your cart

You can recycle electronics next to your cart! Single family residents can schedule pickups with Waste Management for small TVs, microwaves, and many other electronics. Drop-off locations are available for larger TVs.

How to recycle electronics

Drop off paint for free recycling

three cans of paint, wood stain, and varnish You can now drop off your leftover latex and oil-based paint at participating stores at no charge. Visit the PaintCare website to find a drop-off location near you and see what you can bring. Accepted products include latex paint, oil-based paint, stain, varnish, and more.

Find paint recycling locations near you

Regional waste news

Washington single use serviceware law goes into effect on January 1 2022.New in 2022: single-use utensils by request

A new waste-saving policy took effect in Washington on January 1, 2022! When you go to a restaurant or get takeout, they won't automatically give you single-use utensils and straws. Instead, they'll ask whether you want them, or offer them for self-service. These single-use items include:
  • Utensils
  • Straws and stirrers
  • Cold beverage cup lids (except at drive-throughs and very large venues like arenas)
  • Sauce or condiment packets

In the United States, we use almost one trillion — that's a million million — disposable food service products every year. You can help by only taking the single-use items you need. This is a great time to bring a set of reusable utensils and insulated cup to your workplace, so you can skip the waste when you grab lunch or coffee. Choose reusable instead of disposable!

Get more information about the new law at ecy.wa.gov/serviceware.

Does your business need help adapting to the new policy? Are you interested in switching to reusable options for dine-in customers? Reusables can help reduce waste and costs. We can provide assistance — contact our Recycling Hotline at recycle@kirklandwa.gov or (425) 587-3812.

Statewide plastic bag ban in effect Oct. 1, 2021

Washington State's plastic bag ban took effect Oct. 1, 2021. It supersedes Kirkland's policy, and businesses should now follow the State guidelines. Under the state's policy, retail, grocery and restaurant businesses must charge at least 8 cents for each large paper or thick plastic bag.

Washington State plastic bag policy requirements  

The City encourages businesses to continue providing paper bags as their reusable option, rather than plastic bags. Thicker plastic bags use more plastic than lightweight plastic bags, but may not be reused enough times to justify their larger environmental impact. 

We encourage residents to continue carrying your own durable reusable bags. When you purchase or receive a paper or plastic reusable bag, please reuse it to minimize its environmental impacts.

Customers who notice retail businesses and restaurants continuing to use lightweight plastic bags may use the State's reporting tool to inform the Department of Ecology that educational followup may be needed.

King County Northeast Transfer Station Process

In 2019, King County's Solid Waste Division began a process to find a site for a new recycling and transfer station in northeast King County. The new facility will replace the aging and limited Houghton Transfer Station in Kirkland. Learn more about the project and public involvement process at King County's Northeast Transfer Station website.

What your Recycling Team does

refilling reusable water bottle at City Hall fountain bottle filling stationThe Solid Waste Division manages Kirkland's curbside waste collection service, contracted with Waste Management. We host special recycling events and drop-off locations. We also provide free technical assistance to businesses and multifamily property managers that need help recycling.

Recycling is important, but we also need to make less waste as a community. Before recycling, remember to reduce and reuse! It's better for the environment to prevent waste, even if the waste could be recycled or composted.

Our recycling and waste goals for the community

Making Kirkland more sustainable

A ten-year plan for a sustainable city

Kirkland's Sustainability Master Plan, adopted in late 2020, identifies actions for the city and community to take to become more sustainable over the next ten years. Many actions intend to improve recycling, increase reuse, and reduce waste, as well as get around town with fewer emissions, protect our lake and wildlife, and more. See updates for key actions from the plan.

Sign up for periodic email updates about the plan and the city's progress.

How you can help

We need your help to make Kirkland sustainable! Check out our suggestions of things you can do to make a difference.

Our Recycling Team's top five asks for you and your family:

  1. Recycle all your basic recyclables
  2. Compost all your food scraps
  3. Minimize the amount of food you waste
  4. Choose reusable options instead of single-use items
  5. Reduce how much waste you produce overall by buying less and reusing more