Apartments & Condominiums

Recycling Guidelines

Recycling is easier than ever with all-in-one recycling! Combine all recyclable items, including clean paper, cans, glass and plastic bottles, jugs and dairy tubs, and cardboard, in your recycling container. Check out Redmond’s recycling guidelines.

Not sure which plastics can be recycled? Watch this fun and informative “Which Plastics Can Be Recycled” video.

Residents

All apartments and condos in Redmond are eligible for free recycling collection (with container capacity up to 200% of garbage container size).
If you are an apartment or condo resident interested in starting/improving recycling at your complex, please contact your property manager or condo association.

Note: The above information applies only at apartment or condo complexes where the property manager, board or association pays the garbage bill. If each unit pays Waste Management for its own garbage bill, please see the single family service page.

Property Managers

Waste Management, the City’s contracted service provider, can provide recycling service to all apartments and condos within the city limits at no additional charge. To set up or change service, call 800-592-9995 or visit the Waste Management website for details.

The City has recycling experts available to help you recycle more, reduce waste, save money and communicate with your residents. Learn what your complex can recycle and get free tools to recycle more and reduce waste.

Contact: 425-556-2832 or recycling@redmond.gov

Food + Compostables


Food+ Compostables collection is now available to all apartment and condominium complexes in Redmond! Your property can get outside carts collected weekly at no charge. Accepted items include food scraps, non-shiny (uncoated) paper and yard debris, and the material collected is made into compost for local parks and gardens.

Participation in this collection program has many benefits:
  • Collection is free, and Waste Management will pick up your container weekly.
  • You can reduce waste and save money! Since 30% of your garbage is typically food+ compostables, separating it from the garbage may allow you to downsize your container and save money on your bill.
  • The City of Redmond offers free onsite assistance and materials. These may include: compostable bag samples, resident training, posters and flyers and free kitchen compost containers (available while supplies last).

Acceptable items include:

  • Meat and bones
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Floral trimmings
  • Yard debris
  • Non-shiny (uncoated) paper

For a complete list of compostable service items, visit the Cedar Grove website.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact us.

Contact:425-556-2832 or foodplus@redmond.gov

Electronics

Televisions, computers, and monitors contain toxic substances and are not allowed in the garbage. They can be recycled at no charge. Visit E-Cycle Washington program to find electronics recycling locations in Redmond.

Items which can be recycled at no charge include:

  • Computers
  • Monitors
  • Laptops
  • Tablets
  • TV's
  • Portable DVD players
  • e-readers
What makes electronics recycling work? A Washington State law passed in 2006 requires electronics manufacturers to pay for this recycling program. The new law is an example of "producer responsibility," where the company that makes a product is responsible for recycling the product at the end of its life. Manufacturers include the costs of recycling their products in the cost of doing business.

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Paint

Oil-based paint is hazardous and CANNOT be thrown in the garbage. Free and safe disposal is available at:

The above facilities DO NOT accept latex paint.

To properly dispose of latex paint:
  1. Mix latex paint with an equal amount of kitty litter or paint hardener 
  2. Stir in completely
  3. Let the latex paint dry. Once dry, put the can in your garbage container with the lid off. 
Contact:  King County Household Hazards line at 206-296-4466

Small Appliances and Scrap Metal


Scrap metal pieces and small metal appliances are accepted in your blue recycling cart or recycling dumpster with these safety limitations:
  • No sharp or greasy metal or metal with liquids (to protect collectors and sorters from injury)
  • Limit 35 lbs, 2x2x2 ft.

First, Reuse! If the item works, sell or donate it. Reusing an item saves 20 times more energy than recycling it! Non-working items accepted for recycling include (put these in your blue recycling cart or recycling dumpster):

  • Engine parts, tire rims, bike parts
  • Household metal hardware like hinges, door locks, short pieces of metal pipe
  • Worn-out pots and pans; BBQs
  • Toaster ovens
  • Blenders (bottom part only)
  • Curling irons
  • Hand mixers
  • Food processors
  • Metal coffee pots
  • Irons
  • Waffle irons
Scrap metal and small appliances are also collected at the City Special Recycling and Collection Events.

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Large Appliances and Bulky Items


Some bulky items like tires, furniture, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and more are accepted at the City Special Recycling and Collection Events.  Please note that some items will incur a fee.

For other companies that recycle items, visit King County’s What Do I Do With.

Batteries


There are drop-off bins for household alkaline batteries located at City Hall.  Find locations in Redmond that accept rechargeable batteries and cellphones at Call2Recycle.  Batteries are also collected at the City Special Collection Events.

Contact:  425-556-2832

Fluorescent Bulbs and Tubes

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) and Fluorescent Tubes contain toxic substances and are not allowed in the garbage. To find a fluorescent bulb/tube recycling location, visit Light Recycle or call 1-877-592-2972.

Medicine Return Program

Unwanted medicines pose a risk to people’s safety when stored in homes and can pollute the environment when improperly disposed. A significant amount of medicine goes unused; an estimated total of 10 to 33 percent of medicines sold. Medicines in the home were responsible for 85 percent of accidental poisoning deaths in Washington in 2006. Many involved young children and the elderly. The abuse of prescription pain relievers, stimulants, and other medicines is also a growing problem in our communities.

Some unwanted medicines can be returned at the City Special Collection Events.  For information on where you can return unwanted medicine, visit Take Back Your Meds website. 

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Clothing & Linens


All shoes, clothing and linens can be given to local organizations, even if they are not in good condition. Acceptable items include:
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Purses and backpacks
  • Ripped t-shirts
  • Faded, old sheets
  • Single shoes
  • Mismatched socks
  • NO wet, moldy or hazardous materials.

Items that are in good condition are donated or resold, while those that are not can still be recycled into industrial wiping cloths, athletic equipment and insulation. ThreadcycleVisit King County's Threadcycle website to find a local drop-off site.

Clothing and other textiles are also collected at City Special Recycling or Collection Events.

Special Recycling and Collection Events


Three times a year, in the spring, summer and fall, the City of Redmond sponsors a recycling and collection event at the City Maintenance and Operation Center, near Home Depot. The event includes a wide range of materials such as appliances, furniture, bicycles, batteries, tires, and plastic plant containers, as well as paper shredding. While most items are collected at no charge, some do incur a fee. For more information visit the Special Recycling and Collection Events.

Hazardous Waste


Some items such as oil-based paint, pesticides, gasoline, toxic cleaners, and fluorescent bulbs are considered as hazardous and CANNOT be thrown away in your garbage. These items are accepted at:
For more information about Household Hazardous Waste and reducing your use of toxics in your home, visit the King County Local Hazardous Waste Management Program.

Junk Mail

The King County EcoConsumer program has joined forces with non-profit Catalog Choice to provide a convenient website where residents can opt out of thousands of different catalogs, coupons, credit offers, circulars, newsletters, other junk mailings and unwanted phone books. In addition to making mail and phone book opt-outs easier, this partnership will allow King County to make solid estimates about the amount of paper waste being diverted from its regional landfill.

Using ZIP codes, Catalog Choice will provide to the County data on the amount of mail being reduced and the number of County residents participating. Visit the new website Catalog Choice.

The U.S. Postal Service delivers more than 90 billion pieces of direct mail every year. A significant portion of this is unwanted advertising mail, or "junk" mail. Recycling junk mail is a good start, but not receiving junk mail saves landfill space and conserves natural resources. Learn how to reduce your junk mail.

Waste Prevention – Even Better than Recycling


Before you buy, use or discard an item, ask yourself:
Reduce: Can I buy this product with less packaging?
Reuse: Can I or someone else use this again?
Recycle: Can I recycle this after I use it?
Buy Recycled: Can I get this item with recycled content?

For more information visit King County’s Waste Prevention page

Green Holidays


Festive doesn’t have to mean wasteful. Green can be your holiday color as well as your way of life. Learn more about Green Holidays resources to offer new and innovative ideas to green up your celebrations. Back to top

Recycle Used Cooking Oil

Recycle used cooking oil and keep it out of the sewage system! Instead, convert it to biodiesel, a sustainable, low carbon fuel.

Residents are encouraged to use this free self-service program, open 24 hours a day, all year round. The cooking oil collection tank is located at the northern edge of the parking lot between the City’s Senior Center and campus parking garage at: 8703 160th Ave. NE.  

To ensure safe and secure transport and disposal of your fats and grease, put the cooled oil and grease from fryers, pots or pans in a sealed container such as a plastic milk jug. At the disposal tank, slowly pour the cooking oil into the collection container to avoid splatters. Be sure to close the tank's lid when finished. Take your own containers back home for reuse or disposal and leave nothing behind but the cooking oil you deposited.

This collection site is for cooking oil only. NO motor oil or other petroleum products.  Thank you!

Shredding

Confidential documents may be shredded at free community shred events, plus, the paper is recycled!  For dates and locations, visit Shredathon.  Shredding is also available at the City's Special Collection Events.

Other Resources

"What do I do with...?"
Comprehensive local recycling database
206-296-4466

Household Hazardous Waste Line
206-296-4692

Illegal Dumping Hotline
Report litter and illegal dumping
206-296-7483

Spill Hotline - Redmond
Report spills, accidental discharges or illicit connections to the stormwater system.
425-556-2868