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Styrofoam and Plastic Bags

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.

styrofest-visual-guideStyroFest Monthly Recycling Event
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. 

Plastic Bag Recycling Drop-Off Locations in Kirkland
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.comlinks to external site.
accepted plastic bags for recycling
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:

Fred Meyer
1221 120th Ave NE

12519 NE 85th St

Styrofoam Recycling Drop-Off Locations in Seattle Area

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.

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.

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