Residential

Garbage Service

Waste Management provides garbage, recycling and yard/food waste service for the City of Redmond. For questions, service issues, broken carts, or missed collection, please contact Waste Management at 800-592-9995 or visit them online.

Recycling Service

Recycling at home is easy - and can really cut your garbage service costs (you garbage bill is based on the size of your garbage cart). Why not recycle when unlimited recycling is already built into your garbage fee?

Curbside 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 large blue recycling cart.

View the new recycling guidelines

Want a free recycling kit? Take the One Less Bag Challenge, and receive a free kit from King County. Kits include a reusable tote bag and 10 compostable bag samples.

Not Sure Which Plastics can be Recycled?

Watch this fun and informative video

Which Plastics Can Be Recycled 

There is no charge for the collection of extra recyclables that don't fit in your blue-lidded cart. Put them in recycling bins, boxes (limit 2’x2’x2’) or paper bags marked "recycling". No plastic bags, please.

Yard Waste & Food Scrap Recycling Service

You can put your food scraps into your yard waste cart - fruit, vegetables, coffee grounds, tea bags, meat, cheese, bones, even greasy pizza boxes. When you put your food scraps into your yard waste cart they are taken to Cedar Grove Composting and turned into compost – a great addition to help gardens grow!

View the food/yard waste guidelines

Residents with curbside service in Redmond can order a FREE kitchen food scraps pail and sample roll of compostable bags. Call 425-556-2897 to order. One order per household please.

Smaller Food/Yard Waste Containers Now Available

Would you like to compost your food scraps but aren’t sure where to fit a container? If you live in a townhome or multi-unit household and have your own garbage and recycling account, you can now get a small food/yard waste container from Waste Management. Collection occurs weekly at no additional charge.

With a capacity of 25 gallons, this wheeled cart is smaller than standard 96-gallon container (25”x20”x29” versus 35”x26”x46”).

Acceptable items in the cart include:

•     All food scraps, such as fruit and vegetable peelings, meat, and bones
•     Food-soiled paper such as pizza boxes and paper towels
•     Plant and yard debris such as floral trimmings or branches
•     NO plastic bags, liquids or glass.

The 25-gallon containers are available to townhome or multi-unit households who pay individually for garbage and recycling services. To order a container, call Waste Management at 1-800-592-9995. You may also choose between a 35-, 64- or 96-gallon container sizes.

Note: free collection is offered only for a single container of any of the four available sizes (an additional cart costs $9.18 per month).

For more information, and helpful tips, visit King County’s Recycle Food website. ​

Electronics

Televisions, computers, and monitors contain toxic substances and are not allowed in the garbage.  Instead, place any of the following items next to your recycling cart on collection day, and they will be recycled at no charge.  Items must be no bigger than 2'x2'x2' nor heavier than 35 lbs. each.  .

  • Computer CPUs, monitors, laptops
  • Keyboards, mice, speakers, cables, circuit boards
  • PDA's, MP3 players, calculators, other handheld electronics in clear plastic bags
  • Cell phones in clear plastic bags
  • Copy machines, scanners, printers
  • VCR & DVD players; stereos
  • TVs (up to 21" screen only)    

Visit E-Cycle Washington program to find electronics recycling locations in Redmond.

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Safe and Green Cleaning

Many common cleaning products are hazardous to the environment when flushed down the toilet or thrown away*. Fumes from household cleansers and other products make indoor air in the typical home two to five times more polluted than the air outside! Children, seniors, and pets are particularly sensitive to chemicals.

Learn more about alternatives to toxics in the home: Green Cleaning

Learn how to make your own green cleaners:  Make Your Own Green Cleansers

*Dispose of unwanted cleaning products at one of the household hazardous waste sites

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Paint

King County’s Local Hazardous Waste Management Program Facilities (Factoria Hazardous Waste Locker and the Wastemobile) 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

Oil-based paints are hazardous and need to be disposed of at a household hazardous waste facility

Contact:  Household Hazards Line at 206-296-4692

Small Appliances & Scrap Metal

Scrap metal pieces and small metal appliances are accepted in your blue recycling cart with these safety limitations:

  • No liquid, greasy or sharp metal (to protect collectors and sorters from injury)
  • Limit 35 lbs., 20"x20"x20".

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):

  • 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 Special Recycling and Collection Events

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Large Appliances & Bulk Items

Bulky items like mattresses, appliances, console televisions, furniture and building materials can be picked up by Waste Management for a charge. Visit Waste Management for more information and fees.

Refrigerators, Freezers and Air Conditioners are also accepted for a fee at the Special Recycling and Collection Events.

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

Batteries

There are drop-off bins for household alkaline batteries located at City Hall and the City Special Collection Events.

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Fluorescent Bulbs & 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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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!

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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, oil and solvent cleaners, and fluorescent bulbs are considered as hazardous and CANNOT be thrown away in your garbage. These items are accepted at:

For more information on household hazardous waste, quantity limits and what is accepted/not accepted at the sites, and the use of safer alternatives, visit the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County or call the Household Hazards Line at 206-296-4692.

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Motor Oil

Residents with curbside garbage service can recycle motor oil at the curb following these guidelines:

  • Put motor oil in 1-gallon milk jugs with screw-on lids.
  • Label with name and address.
  • Put 2 feet from recycling cart.
  • Limit 2 gallons per collection.

Only uncontaminated used motor oil is accepted. For more information visit Waste Management.

Clothing & Linens

If you have clothing or linens that are clean and in good condition, you can set out for collection with your curbside recycling. The following items are accepted:

  • Clothing
  • Sheets and blankets
  • Shoes tied together
  • Stuffed animals
  • Purses and backpacks

Secure in heavy-duty clear plastic bag tied at the top and place two (2) feet from your blue recycling cart. Items go to a local non-profit organization to be resold and benefit people with disabilities. For details visit Waste Management.

Even if your clothing or linens are not in good condition, they can still be recycled into industrial wiping cloths, athletic equipment and insulation. Many local organizations accept all clothing and linens regardless of their condition, as long as they are not wet, moldy or contaminated with hazardous materials. Examples of acceptable items include:

  • Ripped t-shirts
  • Faded, old sheets
  • Single shoes
  • Mismatched socks
  • Torn jeans

Visit 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.

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Say 'No' to Junk Mail & Phonebooks!
New Online Service

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.

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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.

Green Building & Remodeling

For information about green building certification programs, construction recycling, incentives to build green and much more visit the City of Redmond’s Green Building and Green Infrastructure Incentive Program or King County’s GreenTools website.

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Shredding

Confidential documents may be shredded at free community shred events, plus the paper is recycled!  For dates and locations, visit Shredathon.  Also, 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