Recycling & Waste Reduction


The City of Redmond’s Solid Waste and Recycling program promotes waste reduction, recycling and composting throughout the city. Solid Waste staff administers the City’s contract with Waste Management for the collection of garbage, recycling, yard debris, and food scraps.

What can be recycled or composted in Redmond?

Learn what you can recycle or compost by visiting the City’s Recycling Video Library or viewing Waste Management’s guidelines. You can also find out how to recycle or dispose of items properly using the What Goes Where database

How can I learn more?

The City of Redmond hosts free sustainability classes and events to provide information and tools to live more sustainably. This includes information about waste reduction, recycling, safer cleaning, shopping to reduce climate impacts, and more!

  • Visit the Sustainable Living page for news about upcoming classes and events. 
  • The City also provides downloadable recycling and composting posters, as well as links for educators to additional resources on our Education page.
  • Lean more about preventing food waste on the City’s Love Food: Stop Waste page.


Businesses can receive free onsite help to improve recycling or start free composting service. 

Email Recycle Redmond for more information or take the Refresh Your Recycling Pledge.

  1. Recycle
  2. Compost
  3. Hazardous Waste

Recycling is available in Redmond at no additional cost!  

Call Waste Management at 1-800-592-9995 to set up, change service or for more information on what you can recycle or visit the Waste Management website.

Get free assistance with:

  • Setting up service
  • Improving recycling
  • Flyers and posters
  • Resident/staff education
  • FREE recycling bags and indoor collection containers (supply is limited) 

Recycle Right

Follow these steps to make sure your items can be recycled!

  1. Empty out food and liquids – Food-soiled recyclables create hazards for workers. Empty and give a quick rinse (labels okay).
  2. Dump items out of bags or boxes – Place your recyclables loose in the container so they don’t get mistaken for garbage. Paper bags can be recycled, but plastic bags ruin recycling – NO PLASTIC BAGS
  3. Flatten cardboard – Break down all boxes to save space and prevent overflow. See the section below for recycling cardboard information. 
  4. Keep the lid closed – Wet recyclables have to be thrown away, so close the lid to prevent rain from reaching them before the truck does.

Businesses and Apartments/Condos

Your Waste Management garbage service includes free recycling up to twice the size of your garbage container (you may also arrange with other recycling service providers for collection). Business Refresh Your Recycling Pledge

Take the Refresh Your Recycling Pledge and join other Redmond businesses in recycling more and reducing waste. Thanks to all the Redmond Businesses (PDF) that have taken the Recycling Pledge!

Want to be certified as a Green Business? Envirostars offers comprehensive Green Business certification and regional recognition, visit the Envirostars website for more information.

Residential ONLY

 Free recycling next to your cart!

  • Extra recyclables - Place in a bin or cardboard box
  • Motor oil – Place in a transparent, 1-gallon jug with name and address (limit 2 gallons per week) 
  • Clothing and linens - Place in a secure plastic bag labeled “textiles” 
  • Electronics (TVs, monitors, and computers) Call Waste Management to schedule a free pick-up

*Individual residential accounts ONLY

Recycling cardboard

Cardboard is one of the most valuable items that can be recycled in Redmond. Watch this video to learn about products made from recycled cardboard. Please remember to break down boxes before recycling!

  1. Flatten and recycle cardboard boxes
  2. Всегда сплющивайте картонные коробки и отправляйте их в переработку
  3. Aplane y recicle las cajas de carton
  4. 压扁平并回收硬纸板箱
  5. కార్డ్‌బోర్డ్ పెట్టెలను ఎల్లప్పుడూ చదునుగా చేసి రీసైకిల్ చేయండి

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