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What can I put in my green dumpster or cart?
All your garbage should be bagged and placed in your green dumpster or cart (see links for special drop-off recycling options for certain items). 
Trash Cart

Please double bag pet waste / kitty litter, packing peanuts, and cold ashes.

What shouldn't go in my 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. Bring them to these locations for proper disposal:

  • Factoria Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Sitelinks to external site
    There is no cost for disposal of hazardous material.
  • Hazardous Wastemobilelinks to external site
    The roving Wastemobile travels to communities throughout King County on a periodic basis, offering a local option for disposal of hazardous waste. The Wastemobile typically comes to Kirkland in May. There is no cost for disposal of hazardous material.

Do not throw away or flush unwanted medicine. Safely dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medicine at secure medicine return kiosks in Kirkland.

Sharps should be collected in a 2-liter bottle and disposed at safe drop locationslinks to external site in King County, which include a drop box in Bellevue and the Shoreline Transfer Station.

Recycle electronics at E-Cycle Washington drop-off sites, including Goodwill in Juanita and Value Village in Totem Lake.

What should I do with oversize items?
Oversize items, like mattresses and unusable furniture, can be disposed of as trash for a chargelinks to external site at King County Transfer Stations. In Kirkland, the Houghton Transfer Stationlinks to external site is located in the Bridle Trails neighborhood. Recycling options for oversize items, including appliances and oversize scrap metal, are available at the Factoria Transfer Stationlinks to external site in Bellevue and the Shoreline Transfer Stationlinks to external site in Shoreline.

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 each visit. Learn morelinks to external site.

Where does my 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