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Community Food Scrap Drop-Off

community compost drop-off point at City HallKirkland multifamily residents who want to compost now have a new option: a pilot community food scrap drop-off program, now at two locations. Any apartment or condo resident who does not have access to a compost cart at their complex can bring food scraps to our drop-off locations in downtown Kirkland or Juanita.

How It Works:

  1. Bring all food scraps, including bones, shells, meat and dairy.

  2. Use compostable bags like BioBags or paper bags, or dump food scraps directly from a reusable container. No plastic bags.

    Residents can get a free sample of compostable bags from the Public Works counter at City Hall. Additionally, residents can pick up a free countertop food scrap reusable container at the Recycling Center in the downstairs lobby of City Hall.

  3. Place food scraps in gray carts. All material will be composted by Cedar Grove.


There are now two locations for residents to drop off food scraps for composting: City Hall and North Kirkland Community Center.

NKCC food scrap cart

City Hall — 123 5th Ave

Gray carts are located in the loading bay on the south side of the building.

North Kirkland Community Center — 12421-103rd Ave NE

Gray cart is located in the rear parking lot, next to the cooking oil collection tank.

About the Pilot Program

We know that many Kirkland residents would like to compost their food scraps, but their apartment or condo complex might not be interested in or qualify for our on-site compost program. We are piloting this community food scrap drop-off program, inspired by a program in New York, to provide better access to composting for our multifamily residents.

If you participate in the program, we would love to get your feedback! Email us at

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