Give working electronics to neighbors through community groups like Buy Nothing Kirkland, Nextdoor Kirkland, or FreeCycle.
Donate old cell phones as "911 phones" for domestic violence victims.
Repair minor damage with iFixit's instructional articles and videos.
Electronics contain lead, cadmium, mercury, and other toxic components. Keep toxics out of our waterways by keeping e-waste out of the landfill.
All items given to the recycling programs below are recycled, not reused, even if they still work. We encourage you to find someone who can use your working electronics before recycling them, to reduce your environmental impact. Reusing an item saves about 20 times as much energy as recycling it. Materials like rare earth metals are lost in the electronics recycling process. See our suggestions for reuse in the sidebar at right.
Single family residents in Kirkland can recycle electronics next to your cart, including:
- TVs up to 21” screen size (use E-Cycle Washington drop-off locations for larger TVs)
- Computers: CPUs, monitors, keyboards, peripherals (mice, speakers, cables, etc.)
- Laptops, tablets, e-readers
- Printers, copy machines, scanners, fax machines
- Handheld devices (in clear plastic bag): cellphones, PDAs, MP3 players, calculators
- DVD/blu-ray players, VCRs, audio equipment
Each item should be no more than 2 feet x 2 feet x 2 feet and no more than 60 pounds.
To schedule pick-up, call Waste Management at 1 (800) 592-9995 at least one business day before your collection day. On collection day, place all electronics two feet from your blue recycling cart. Put smaller electronics in a clear plastic bag.
Selected electronics can be recycled year-round through E-Cycle Washington, including:
- computer monitors
- portable DVD players
Bring accepted electronics to the following Kirkland collection sites for free:
- Goodwill Juanita
9826 NE 132nd ST
This location accepts up to 10 televisions, monitors, computers and laptops per donor, per day.
- Value Village Totem Lake
12515 116th Avenue NE
Quantities accepted may be limited
- Totem Lake Goodwill Donation Center
12221 120th Avenue NE (Fred Meyer parking lot)
No TVs larger than 19”. Limit 5 items per person per day. This location accepts items only until the truck is full for the day.
Recycle cell phones
Recycle cell phones at Kirkland City Hall and Goodwill. Find more locations at call2recycle.org.
Donate cell phones to Lifewire
Donate cell phones to benefit victims of domestic violence. Cell phones (no chargers or cords) can be dropped off at the Public Works Maintenance Center at 915 8th Street, during office hours (Mon-Fri 8-5). Call (425) 587-3900 with questions.
Donated phones are turned into cash to support programs and services for domestic violence survivors and their families. Before you donate your cell phone, erase any stored information, including your contact list, text messages and listing of incoming/outgoing numbers. Most cell phones use a “master reset” to delete information quickly and easily.
Recycle or refill ink cartridges at ECO Cartridge
in Totem Lake. Outside of Kirkland, recycle printers and toner at Staples and Best Buy.
Find more options for recycling electronics at takeitbacknetwork.org
Kirkland hosts two Recycling Collection Events each year where we accept all items in the curbside electronics program.