Trash, Recycling + Compost Service
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. Reuse and reducing waste are just as important as recycling — if not more!
Missed pickup? Broken cart? Contact WM for assistance at 425-587-0040.
Other question? See our contact information.
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What you can put in your cart or dumpster
In Kirkland, garbage carts are green , recycle carts are blue , and food & yard waste (compost) carts are gray . (Food scrap composting available by request for apartments and businesses.)
What do I do with...?
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.
What Do I Do With...?
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.
Along with the start of a new contract with WM in July, rates are increasing July 1, 2022.
How to put out your materials, holiday schedules, included curbside services, and more.
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
Reducing your waste
Recycling is only one part of responsibly managing the waste from our community. We have waste reduction goals for our community to throw away less garbage
and reduce the amount of waste it produces overall (including recycle and compost). We need your help to make less waste!
Start composting with a free food scrap pail
Composting food instead of throwing it away is a simple change to reduce your household's environmental impact.
When you put food scraps in your gray food+yard waste cart, they are turned into compost in a matter of weeks.
In comparison, food that goes to the landfill decomposes through a different process that releases methane gas, a potent greenhouse gas.
We are providing no-contact deliveries of countertop food scrap kits. Simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Waste less food when you cook
The average American family tosses about a quarter of the food they buy — about 1,000 pounds of food per family of four, worth around $1,500!
When food is wasted, all the resources that went into growing and transporting it are also wasted.
Composting wasted food is good, but not wasting food in the first place is even better. Save your family money and help the planet at the same time —
win win! See our tips for eating more of the food you buy.
Bring your own bottle
Carry your own reusable water bottle when you head out and about this summer! Water bottle filling stations are now available at Marina Park, Juanita Beach Park, and Totem Lake Park, with more on their way soon. See all the places you can fill your own water bottle around Kirkland.
Recycling program updates
Coming July 1, 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.
A virtual information session and Recycling Center Tour
will be held June 14. All single-family residents will receive a mailer
with additional information in July. You can also see updated rates and
learn about the new waste contract at kirklandwa.gov/wastecontract.
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.
New dedicated WM customer service phone number
To improve customer service and wait times, we’re offering a new dedicated local WM number at 425-587-0040.
Please call this number for all of your waste collection service needs such as changing your cart size, scheduling a curbside pickup of electronics and bulky items, requesting a replacement for a broken cart, and reporting missed pickups. Residents can also submit requests by email at email@example.com.
Regional waste news
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 shouldn't automatically give you single-use utensils and straws anymore. Instead, they'll ask whether you want them, or offer them for self-service.
Statewide plastic bag ban replaces the City's policy
Washington State's plastic bag ban supersedes Kirkland's policy; under the state's policy, retail, grocery and restaurant businesses
must charge at least 8 cents for each large paper or thick plastic bag.
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
The 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:
- Recycle all your basic recyclables
- Compost all your food scraps
- Minimize the amount of food you waste
- Choose reusable options instead of single-use items
- Reduce how much waste you produce overall by buying less and reusing more