Recycling, Disposal, and Waste Reduction Guides

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Recycling & Composting

Curbside Recycling Guide (2018) (pdf)

Curbside Compost (Food & Yard Waste) Guide (pdf)

Take Hazardous Items to a Free Recycling Site

Hazardous Household Products (pdf)

Needles & Syringes

Businesses and Organizations

​Food: Too Good to Waste

​Keep It Fresh! Produce Storage Guide (pdf)

Recycling Tips (2018)         

  1. Recyclables must be empty, clean, and dry! How clean? Wash until no visible food remains. How dry? Shake vigorously to remove as much water as possible. Wet and dirty recyclables get moldy, and moldy recyclables cannot be sold to recyclers. A dirty soup can or half-full bottle of water can contaminate a whole container of clean recycling.
  2. Use our list of curbside recycleables. Print our newly-designed Curbside Recycling and use it in your home. The items on this list are the only things that can go in your bin (as long as they're empty, clean, and dry). Other items aren’t recyclable in your curbside bin. There are multiple reasons for this: sorting equipment cannot sort them, they may damage sorting equipment, there isn’t a market for them, or the volumes are too small to recycle economically.
  3. Keep recyclables loose. No plastic bags in your bin. Plastic bags cause problems when they're put in the recycling bin. They tangle in recycable sorting machines, forcing workers to frequently stop the equipment to pull them out. Take plastic bags to the bag recycling bins at the grocery stores, or switch to reusable shopping bags. Recycled plastic bags become plastic lumber, which has a lifespan of around 25 years. Plastic lumber is landfilled at the end of its useful life.
  4. Don't "wishcycle." When in doubt... throw it out or find out! "Wishcycling" is when people toss items into the recycling bin hoping they will be recycled. If they're wrong… it causes big problems. Feel good about recycling the right things. If you have an item that isn't on our Curbside Recycling Guide (and isn't hazardous), put it in the garbage. Or ask us! Search our online recycling and disposal database at Recycle.Kitsapgov.com, contact us on social media, or email solidwaste@co.kitsap.wa.us.  Wrong items in the bin are "contaminants." Too many contaminants can cause recyclables to be landfilled.
  5. Ignore the recycling symbol-use our list instead. The recycling symbol does not mean the item can be recycled locally. Confusing, we know. Manufacturers use the symbol to communicate information to material processers, but it is not intended for consumers to use. Ignore the recycling symbol and use our Curbside Recycling Guide instead.