July and August 2020 StyroFest events have been cancelled. See below for information about our Safer Block Styrofoam Recycling Events.
StyrofoamTM cannot be recycled in your curbside recycling containers because it breaks apart at the Recycling Center, is not feasible to sort, and so lightweight that a very large volume must be collected to produce a saleable quantity of material. You can drop off StyrofoamTM at special collection locations to be recycled. StyrofoamTM can also be disposed in your regular garbage can at home.
Both StyrofoamTM and plastic bags are accepted at this special collection event hosted by the City of Kirkland. We also accept flexible plastic foam (EPE). Materials must be clean, dry and empty, and should be sorted by type and color. Please remove packing tape and labels. Packing peanuts are not accepted at StyroFest, and should be thrown away.
The July and August StyroFest events have been cancelled due to inability to social distance. Our vendor is not providing events of this kind in any city right now.
Instead we are offering two safer block StyrofoamTM recycling events this summer:
Only block StyrofoamTM will be accepted (i.e. coolers and packing blocks); foam food trays and takeout containers can be disposed in the garbage or taken to an alternative recycling location, below.
These special events have different accepted materials and guidelines than StyroFest events. Please read the safety instructions.
StyroFest is the only option for recycling StyrofoamTM in Kirkland; Styrofoam is not accepted in your recycling cart at home. Drop-off recycling is available in Kent and Shoreline. Residents of neighboring cities may have access to local foam recycling options. StyrofoamTM can be disposed as trash in your regular garbage can at home, or large quantities can be thrown away at the Houghton Transfer Station in Kirkland for a fee.