Residents can contact Utility Billing.
Businesses can contact Waste Management.
Missed pickup? Damaged cart?
Contact Waste Management.
Not sure how to recycle something? Contact us at (425) 587-3812 or email@example.com.
Need recycling help at your business or multifamily property? We provide on-site assistance and free resources.
Other issue? See our contact page.
The Solid Waste Division manages Kirkland's curbside trash, recycling and food + yard waste collection service for people who live in single-family homes, apartments and condos, as well as businesses. Kirkland's contracted hauler Waste Management provides collection service.
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Upcoming events / special dates:
June 1 - StyroFest plastic foam recycling
June 22 - Sustainability Master Plan forum (details to come)
July 13 - StyroFest plastic foam recycling + free confidential shredding
July 20 - Recycling Event (details to come)
Aug 3 - StyroFest plastic foam recycling
While extra household recycling is free, some common items cannot be recycled in your household recycling cart. Here's how you can recycle or safely dispose some common items that aren't accepted in your cart or dumpster.
Looking for something else? Search King County's "What Do I Do With?" directory or ask us at (425) 587-3812 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shredding confidential papers with a service, instead of at home, allows the paper to be recycled. Shredded paper is not accepted in your home recycling cart. While shredding with a service is preferable to shredding at home, shredded paper has fewer recycling applications than larger paper pieces, so it is best to shred only what you need.
To help people switch away from shredding at home, the City is offering additional confidential shredding events for residents in 2019. Shredding will be available at two StyroFest events in 2019, in addition to our Spring and Fall Recycling Collection Events.
Shred up to 4 file-sized boxes of confidential materials at StyroFest events on:
Low-income King County residents may be eligible for reduced fees at King County transfer stations, including Houghton Transfer Station in Kirkland and the Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station. Eligible King County residents who show their Provider One, EBT or ORCA LIFT card can receive $12 off the cost to dispose of recyclables, yard waste and garbage. Learn more.
Beginning January 1, 2019, customers are able to recycle non-refrigerant type major appliances at no cost, including stoves, washers, and dryers at King County solid waste facilities where scrap metal is collected. The closest participating transfer stations are in Bellevue and Shoreline. Refrigerant appliances such as refrigerators and air conditioners continue to have a disposal fee.
Please make sure that everything you put into your recycling cart or dumpster is clean, dry, and empty:
- Clean - rinse out food residue
- Dry - don't leave cardboard out in the rain, keep cart lid closed
- Empty - pour out liquids, scrape out food
Food and liquid contaminate recyclables, making them harder to recycle and reducing their value. When paper and cardboard gets wet, the fibers become lower quality. Recycling with food on or in it may become moldy before it arrives at the processing facility (often overseas). That's why it's so important to fully empty aseptic cartons like milk cartons or soup boxes. China used to be a major destination for selling recyclables, but at the beginning of 2018 they increased their cleanliness standards for imported paper and plastic.
Do not put your recycling inside of plastic bags -- plastic bags are not allowed in the recycling in Kirkland. Instead, place recyclables loose in your cart. Plastic bags used to be allowed, but we learned that they jam equipment at the Recycling Center, causing the center to shut down multiple times a day so that plastic bags can be removed manually. Recyclables in plastic bags often resemble bags of trash so it is likely that materials in plastic bags will be pulled off the recycling line and disposed as trash.
If your recycling driver notices that there are plastic bags in your recycling, the driver may not pick up your recycling that week and will leave you an "Oops" tag on your cart explaining what the problem was. After removing the plastic bags, you can put the recycling out for pickup the following week. Extra recycling is free in Kirkland. You can always put out extra recyclables in your own can (labeled Recycling) or a cardboard box (labeled Recycling).
The Solid Waste Division presented introductory research and initial policy routes for addressing single use food service ware in Kirkland at the March 22, 2019 Public Works, Parks, and Human Services Committee. The same presentation was given at the April 2, 2019 Study Session. Staff will conduct further research related to policy considerations and provide more information to Council.
Kirkland's plastic bag policy took effect on March 1, 2016. The policy restricts disposable plastic bags at checkout and is similar to policies adopted by Seattle, Issaquah, and other cities.
Large paper bags now cost five cents at grocery stores, convenience stores and gas stations, pharmacies, and supercenters. The requirement to charge for paper bags has been permanently suspended for other retailers as of April 18, 2017. Retailers keep all five cents of the bag fee to defray the higher cost of the bags.