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trash posterWhat can I put in my green cart?
All your trash should be bagged and placed in your green cart. Please double bag pet waste/kitty litter, packing peanuts, and cold ashes.

Trash Cart

  • Non-recyclable plastic (wrappers, plastic bags, Styrofoam, straws, dirty plastic, etc.)
  • Non-recyclable glass (all glass that's not a bottle or jar)
  • Non-recyclable paper (dirty paper, shiny paper plates, hardcover books)
  • Non-recyclable metal (foil, sharp metal items, chains, small lids)
  • Miscellaneous (latex paint, textiles, cool ashes, cords)
  • Hygiene and waste (diapers, pet waste, used tissues, etc.)

Still not sure where your item should go? Check with us at our Recycling Hotline, by emailing or calling (425) 587-3812.

Download our trash poster (pdf, 570kb). Request free laminated copies for your business at

Miscellaneous Items
Before you put it in the trash, check out King County’s What Do I Do With... websitelinks to external site to see if items can be disposed of somewhere else.

What shouldn't go in our business' trash?
Hazardous Waste
Hazardous waste, including CFL bulbs, batteries, oil-based paint, chemicals, pesticides, propane tanks, and automobile fluids, do not belong in the trash. Qualifying businesseslinks to external site can use the Factoria Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Sitelinks to external site or other siteslinks to external site to drop off their hazardous waste up to four times per year. Other businesses can find a vendorlinks to external site to collect their hazardous waste, or call the Business Waste Line at (206) 263-8899 for more information.

Recycle electronics with E-Cycle Washingtonlinks to external site.

Where does our business' trash go?
Trash does not get sorted after the collection truck picks it up. The same day it's picked up, it goes to the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill in Maple Valley where it is buried and sits for years. Because we have limited amount of unoccupied land for landfills, it is important that everything that we put in the trash are things that really cannot be recycled or compostedlinks to external site.
Cedar Hills Landfill

Public Works
123 5th Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033
T. 425-587-3800 | F. 425-587-3807
Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Operations & Maintenance
915 8th St, Kirkland WA 98033
T. 425-587-3900 24/7 | F. 425-587-3902
Mon-Fri, 6:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

General Inquiries - Contact us via the: 
Our Kirkland Customer Service Portal