Recycling is available at no additional charge for Redmond residents who live in multi-family dwellings such as apartments and condos 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.
If you are a resident of an apartment or condo in Redmond who is interested in implementing or increasing recycling at your complex, please contact your property manager or condo association.
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.
Not sure which plastics can be recycled? Watch this fun and informative “Which Plastics Can Be Recycled” video.
Waste Management 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 professionals available to help you recycle more, reduce waste and save money. Learn what your complex can recycle and get free tools to recycle more and reduce waste.
Food scrap recycling is now available for qualified apartment and condominium complexes!
Recycling food scraps and food-soiled paper reduces waste and greenhouse gases, saves landfill space, and provides a rich resource to our community. Food scraps and food-soiled paper break down into compost, a soil amendment that enriches soil and improves plant health.
Food waste recycling saves you money too! Recyclable food scrap and compostable material typically make up 30% of your garbage that goes to the landfill. By recycling your food scraps, you can downsize your garbage container and save money.
Televisions, computers, and monitors contain toxic substances and are not allowed in the garbage. They can be recycled for no charge. If you have curbside service the following items can be collected at the curb for no charge, but you must call Waste Management at 800-592-9995 to arrange a pickup service:
- 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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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:
Contact: King County Household Hazards line at 206-296-4466
- Mix latex paint with an equal amount of kitty litter or paint hardener
- Stir in completely
- Let the latex paint dry. Once dry, put the can in your garbage container with the lid off
Scrap metal pieces and small metal appliances are accepted in your blue recycling cart or recycling dumpster with these safety limitations:
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):
- No liquid, greasy or sharp metal (to protect collectors and sorters from injury)
- Limit 35 lbs, 2x2x2 ft.
Scrap metal and small appliances are also collected at the City Special Recycling and Collection Events.
- Engine parts, tire rims, bike parts
- Household metal hardware like hinges, door locks, short pieces of metal pipe,
- Worn-out pots and pans; BBQs
- newer microwaves with flat “touch control” surfaces
- toaster ovens
- blenders (bottom part only)
- curling irons
- hand mixers
- food processors
- metal coffee pots
- waffle irons
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Some bulky items like tires, furniture, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and more are accepted at the City Special Recycling and Collection Events. Please note, some items will incur a fee.
For other companies that recycle items visit King County’s What Do I Do With.
There are drop-off bins for household alkaline batteries located at City Hall and the Redmond Public Library. Batteries are also collected at the City Special Collection Events. Contact: 425-556-2832
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.
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.
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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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Before you buy, use or discard an item, ask yourself:
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.
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
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.
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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!
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.
"What do I do with...?"
Comprehensive local recycling database
Household Hazardous Waste Line
Illegal Dumping Hotline
Report litter and illegal dumping
Spill Hotline - Redmond
Report spills, accidental discharges or illicit connections to the stormwater system.