Download our 2020 Recycling Guide (pdf, 2.7mb) - email us to request a hard copy
Recycling questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (425) 587-3812.
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In your blue recycling cart or dumpster, you can recycle:
- Paper and cardboard (including aseptic cartons - throw away plastic caps)
- Glass bottles and jars
- Plastic bottles, cups, tubs & jugs (screw or snap lids back on)
- Metal (aluminum/tin cans and scrap metal)
Only recycle the items listed above. Plastics are recycled by shape in Kirkland, so even though an item has the recycling symbol on it, it may not be accepted. Only plastic bottles, jugs, tubs and cups are accepted. Plastic clamshells and trays are no longer accepted (there are no markets to turn them into new products) and should be thrown away.
The recycling market is in flux,
but you can help by keeping your recycling clean! Contamination is the
biggest challenge for recycling right now — that means non-recyclable
items mixed in with your recycling, especially food and plastic bags.
Everything you put in your recycling should be:
- Clean - rinse out dirty items, pour out liquids
- Loose - do not put your recycling in plastic bags
These items cause problems at the Recycling Center, and should not go in your recycling cart or dumpster at home:
No plastic bags
Our #1 problem!
Wrap around machinery
No bagged recyclables
Plastic bags are such a problem they're on here twice!
Not able to be sorted
Recycle at our special monthly events
Wires, rope, chain, hoses, string lights
Wrap around machinery
Not able to be sorted
Recycle at drop-off sites
Not sure whether something is recyclable? Contact our Recycling Hotline at email@example.com or (425) 587-3812. You can also check King County’s What Do I Do With... website to see if items can be brought somewhere to be recycled. Please don't "wish-cycle" items that you want to be recycled but are not on our accepted items list (pdf, 2.7mb).
For many items that can't go in your complex's recycling, special recycling events and programs allow you to recycle items that are unable to be sorted at the recycling facility.
Twice a year (Spring and Fall), we hold a Special Recycling Collection Event for residents to bring in recyclable materials that are not collected in your recycle carts or dumpsters, such as mattresses, motor oil, and electronic peripherals.
- Recycling helps the environment because items are made into new things instead of sitting unused in the landfill for a lifetime.
- Our landfill is on pace to fill up in ten years, and once it's full we'll need to either ship our waste somewhere else or build a waste-to-energy facility that harvests energy from burning trash. There may be environmental justice considerations to transporting waste to other communities, and material that is burned would never be able to be recovered.
Recyclables go to the Cascade Recycling Center in Woodinville where they are sorted and eventually sold to be made into new products. This facility influences what's accepted in your recycling dumpster or carts at your complex, because anything that goes in your recycling needs to be able to be sorted here.
Follow our guide to setting up recycling stations at home, to make sure you're recycling in every room and collecting special recyclables for drop-off. Unfortunately, not everything is recyclable. Recycling the
right things, and not recycling items that we don't accept, are the most
important things you can do to help the recycling system.
Is the recycling always full at your complex? Additional recycling is free — have your property manager or HOA contact Waste Management to increase your service.
Does your property need a hand recycling better? We offer free assistance and may have free resources available. Have your property manager or HOA contact us for free help.
And remember, recycling is great, but reusing and reducing how much waste you produce is even better!