Recycling & Waste Reduction

  1. Tue Oct. 26

    Home Recycling/Composting Time: 6:00-7:00 PM Find out which items go in your recycling or compost cart, plus tips to reduce single-use plastics.
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  2. Fri Nov. 5

    Sustainable Cleaning Time: 12:00-1:00 PM Learn how to choose safer cleaning products or how to make your own with simple ingredients you probably have at home. Learn how to identify safer products from the store.
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  3. Fri Nov. 12

    Waste Less Food – Holiday Edition Time: 12:00-1:00 PM Learn how to plan ahead for making the right amount of food, choosing items that will last longer, and making the most of what you make during the holiday season
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Sustainable Living Classes and Events

Learn about sustainable living, with topics including safer cleaning, what can and can’t be recycled, how to reduce plastics, and more!  Visit the Redmond Sustainable Living page for classes and other events.

New!Recycling Video Library 

Visit our Recycling Video Library. Watch short videos about what items go where, including plastic containers, shredded paper, and more!


The City of Redmond’s Solid Waste and Recycling program promotes waste reduction and recycling throughout the City. We work collaboratively with King County, the State of Washington, and other organizations to provide outreach and education programs to expand recycling, promote composting of organics, reduce waste, and eliminate toxins.

Solid Waste staff administers the City’s contract with Waste Management for the collection of garbage, recycling, yard debris, and food scraps.


The City of Redmond offers free assistance and dedicated staff to help:

  • Improve recycling at your business or residence
  • Start compost collection
  • Assess the specific needs of your site
  • Troubleshoot waste collection issues
  • Provide posters and flyers
  • Offer resident education
  • Supply indoor recycling and compost containers for businesses and recycling bags and kitchen compost containers (limited supply) for residents
  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!

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Flatten and recycle cardboard boxes          

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Всегда сплющивайте картонные коробки и отправляйте их в переработку

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Aplane y recicle las cajas de carton

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కార్డ్‌బోర్డ్ పెట్టెలను ఎల్లప్పుడూ చదునుగా చేసి రీసైకిల్ చేయండి