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Trash, Recycling & Compost

Need Assistance?
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 assistance at your business or multifamily property? We can provide direct 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.

Upcoming events in & near Kirkland:
Sept 8StyroFest Styrofoam Recycling Event
Sept 22Repair Cafelinks to external site in Woodinville
food growing at sound sustainable farms
Sept 26Tour of Sound Sustainable Farmslinks to external site in Redmond (registration required)
Sept 29Halloween Costume Swap
Oct 4Recycling Center Tourlinks to external site in Woodinville (registration required)
recycling collection event
Oct 6Fall Recycling Event (new location!)

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.

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

Kirkland Recycling News
New Latex Paint Recycling Program (Fee)
You can now drop off unwanted latex paint, water-based stains and clear finishes for recycling, for a small fee, at any Take it Back Network locationlinks to external site. Call ahead to determine the cost. The closest year-round options to Kirkland are the Bothell Recology Storelinks to external site and the Bellevue Habitat for Humanitylinks to external site.

Learn How You Can Waste Less Food
The average American family throws out about a quarter of the food they buy – worth about $1000 a year! Our email course shares ways that your family can eat more of the food you buy, and waste less. Get tips delivered to your inbox about grocery shopping, food storage, sharing food, and more. Sign uplinks to external site for the 7-email series.

Curbside Collection Program Updates
Keep Your Recyclables Clean, Dry, Empty and Loose
no bagged recyclables iconPlease make sure that everything you put into your recycling cart is clean, dry, empty and loose. Do not put your recycling inside of plastic bags -- plastic bags are not allowed in the recycling in Kirkland (plastic bags used to be allowed, but we learned that they cause major problems at the Recycling Center).

Waste less, recycle right & protect our lake!

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How-to guides & deeper dives on our blog:
Find guides for reducing your waste and switching to natural cleaning and yard care, get behind-the-scenes tours, and more on our blog. Latest article: Junk mail begone!links to external site

Report Spills, Flooding
& Water Pollution

oops tagIf 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, so if missing a week of pickup means that you have more recycling than will fit in your cart, you can put out extra recyclables in your own can (labeled Recycling) or in a cardboard box (labeled Recycling). Extra cardboard should be flattened and cut into pieces smaller than 3x3x3'. Please don't leave extra cardboard out overnight if it's raining.

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