Styrofoam and plastic bags cannot be recycled in your curbside recycling containers because they cause problems at the recycling facility. However, you can drop off both styrofoam and plastic bags at special collection locations to be recycled.
Both styrofoam and plastic bags are accepted at this special collection event hosted by the City of Kirkland. We also accept flexible styrofoam (EPE) and white plastic strapping. 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.
See the StyroFest guidelines and 2019 dates
(PDF, 267kb) for details. The event is open to Kirkland residents only.
Many grocery stores accept plastic bags for recycling. Bundle your bread bags, newspaper bags, produce bags, dry cleaning bags, and more to return to stores. See all accepted items, and find more locations beyond Kirkland, at BagYourBags.com
Check at your preferred grocery store to see if they accept plastic bags and film for recycling (often a drop box in the customer service area). These locations were confirmed to have plastic bag recycling stations as of March 2019:
1221 120th Ave NE
12519 NE 85th St
StyroFest is the only option for recycling styrofoam in Kirkland. Can't make it to StyroFest? Here are more styrofoam recycling options (pdf, updated 11/2018) in the Seattle area, including Bothell, Issaquah, Kent, Shoreline and Seattle SoDo. We recommend calling before you go to confirm they will accept your material.