Recycling, Disposal, and Waste Reduction Guides


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Recycling & Composting Guides

Curbside recycling guide (pdf)

Curbside compost (food & yard waste) guide (pdf)

Take Hazardous Household 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.
  2. Use our list of curbside recyclables. Print our newly redesigned Curbside Recycling Guide 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).
  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.
  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. 
  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.