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Trash, Recycling & Compost

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Billing question?
Residents can contact Utility Billing.
Businesses can contact Waste Management.
Missing or damaged cart?
Contact Waste Management.
Not sure how to recycle something? Contact us at (425) 587-3812 or
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.

Waste less, recycle right & protect our lake!
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What do I do with...?

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.

Upcoming events / special dates:
Dec 1StyroFest Styrofoam Recycling *PLUS confidential shredding*
Dec 25 - no trash service
Jan 1 - no trash service
Jan 5StyroFest Styrofoam Recycling
Feb 2 - StyroFest Styrofoam Recycling
Mar 2 - StyroFest Styrofoam Recycling *PLUS confidential shredding*

How to Recycle Items That Can't Go In Your Recycling Cart:

Looking for something else? Search King County's "What Do I Do With?" directorylinks to external site or ask us at (425) 587-3812 or

Holidays and Winter Service Notices

holiday trash service delaysHoliday Service Adjustments

Collection service is not provided on Christmas Day or New Years Day. If your collection day falls on these holidays or one day after, collection will be delayed one day that week. For example, if your regular collection day is Friday, holiday collection would be on Saturday.

Christmas and New Year's Day both fall on a Tuesday this year. For both holidays, Tuesday customers will be picked up on Wednesday, Wednesday customers on Thursday, etc.

Inclement Weather Waste Collection Delays
Get up-to-the-minute service information about weather delays at Waste Management's Weatherboard or call Waste Management at 1-800-592-9995.

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 will be issued for collection delays due to weather.

How to Place Extra Materials After a Weather Delay
Extra garbage can be placed in securely tied plastic bags or a personal 32-gallon cart labeled "garbage" (65 pound limit). Extra recycling can be placed in cardboard boxes or plastic bags labeled "recycling," or a personal 32-gallon cart labeled "recycling" (65 pound limit). Extra yard waste can be placed in heavy kraft paper or polywoven reusable yard waste bags (no plastic bags), or in a personal 32-gallon can labeled "yard" (65 pound limit).
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Special Christmas Tree Collection in First Two Weeks of January
During the first two weeks of January service (Jan 2-15), Waste Management will collect Christmas trees next to your cart for free. Residents may leave whole (up to 6' tall), unflocked, undecorated Christmas trees with your regular curbside service. If you miss the special collection dates, you may chop your Christmas tree into 3' sections and place inside your yard waste bin.

Apartment and condo residents may leave Christmas trees next to your complex dumpsters for pickup the first two weeks of January (Jan 3-15) on specific dates. Residents north of Forbes Creek Drive (Juanita, Kingsgate, Totem Lake, & Finn Hill) will be serviced Monday and Thursday; residents south will be serviced Tuesday and Friday. View a map of Christmas multifamily tree collection routes (pdf).

Special Recycling Events

Free Shredding Events in 2018 and 2019
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:

2019 StyroFest Dates Announced
Our monthly Styrofoam™ recycling events will return in 2019, with the addition of free confidential shredding at two events. StyroFest is held at the Public Works Maintenance Center located at 915 8th Street. All events are on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Download the 2019 StyroFest flyer (pdf, 275kb).

    Curbside Collection Program Updates

    2019 Recycling Guides
    You should receive your 2019 Recycling Guide in the mail during December. Please save the guide as a reference. New rates are included in the single-family guide, including reduced costs for bulky item curbside collection. Extra recycling is free, while extra yard waste and trash that don't fit in your cart with the lid closed may be subject to a charge.

    Keep Your Recyclables Clean, Dry and Empty
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    Please make sure that everything you put into your recycling cart or dumpster is clean, dry, and empty:

    1. Clean - rinse out food residue
    2. Dry - don't leave cardboard out in the rain, keep cart lid closed
    3. 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 Bag Recyclables
    do not bag recyclables
    no bagged recyclables iconoops tagDo 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). 

    Plastic Bag Reduction Policy in Effect as of March 1, 2016

    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.

    Public Works
    Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    123 5th Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033
    Operations & Maintenance
    Mon-Fri, 6:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    915 8th St, Kirkland WA 98033

    General Inquiries

    Engineering: T. 425.587.3800 | F. 425.587.3807
    Operations & Maintenance: T. 425.587.3900 | F. 425.587.3902