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Trash, Recycling & Compost

Need Assistance?
Billing question?
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
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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Upcoming events / special dates:
June 1StyroFest 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 3StyroFest plastic foam recycling

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

Special Recycling Events
Free Shredding Events in 2019
Shred up to 4 file-sized boxes of confidential materials at our July 13, 2019 StyroFest event and our Fall Recycling Collection Event (TBD).

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.

I pledge to skip the straw this summerPledge to Go Green This Summer
Take our Green Summer Pledgelinks to external site and commit to following one eco-friendly action from now through Labor Day! Pledge to skip the straw, use natural lawn care techniques, wash at a carwash instead of in your driveway, or bring your own mug when you get coffee to go. Simple choices add up!

Local Recycling and Disposal News
Cleanup LIFT Offers Low-Income Residents Discount for Disposal
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 morelinks to external site.

Free Non-Refrigerant Appliance Recycling at Selected Transfer Stations
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 Bellevuelinks to external site and Shorelinelinks to external site. Refrigerant appliances such as refrigerators and air conditioners continue to have a disposal fee.

Curbside Collection Program Updates
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
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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).

Policy News
Policy Exploration Begins for Single Use Food Service Ware
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.

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 - Contact us via the: 
Our Kirkland Customer Service Portal

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