Public Works Engineering

400 W. Gowe St., Kent, WA 98032

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phone: 253-856-5500

Fax: 253-856-6500

Garbage, Recycling, Food and Yard Waste

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The City of Kent contracts its garbage service through Republic Services

Garbage service is mandatory for all occupied buildings, per Kent City Code 7.03. When signing up for curbside garbage service, residential customers will receive a blue recycling cart and a green food/yard waste cart, in a choice of sizes, at no additional charge.  Rates are determined by the size of your garbage can. You can lower your rate by recycling more!

Current Garbage Rates 

To sign up or for questions please call, 206-682-9735.

Remember: Garbage = Landfill


Bow Lake Recycling & Transfer Station Bow-Lake

Bow Lake is Kent's closest Recycling & Transfer Station.  Located at 18800 Orillia Rd S, in Tukwila Bow Lake is the busiest transfer station in King County.  It includes a waste transfer building, scalehouse, and recycling areas.

Beginning January 2, 2018 King County looks to increase recycling rates at its transfer stations by implementing a new rule for self-hauling customers to "Sort it Out".


Keep recycling easy by sticking to the basics: paper, plastics (bottles, jugs, tubs), metals, and glass. 

Follow these recycling tips: Blue Recycle BinEmpty Clean Dry

  • Keep recyclables Empty, Clean, Dry 
  • Put recyclables in the bin loose
  • Flatten boxes; large pieces next to bin
  • Scrape out food residue
  • Recycle plastic by shape: bottles, tubs, jugs and cups
  • Empty and rinse containers
  • Loose lids and caps go in the garbage

Hard to Recycle Items

Looking for information on where to get rid of those hard to dispose of items? Check out King County's "What Do I Do With...?" data base for locations and assistance.

Recycling Simplified

Republic Services reminds you to keep recycling: "Simple as 1 - 2 - 3". 

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1. Know what to throw: Cardboard, paper, metal cans, plastic bottles and jugs.
2. Empty. Clean. Dry: Keep all recyclables free of food and liquid.
3. Keep it loose: Never put recyclables in containers or bags.

Check out Republic Services' new website with these tips, quick videos and more to recycling Simple as 1 - 2 - 3.


 Recycler Are You

What Type of Recycler are You?

You're here, so like most of us you probably recycle.  Are you good at it?  This quiz will tell you how you stack up against friends and neighbors.  You may be surprised! Quiz offers this great quiz and it is very accurate to how we recycle here in Kent.

If after taking the quiz you have any questions or want to brag about your score, please feel free to contact us at


Take #1More Step to Become the Best Recycler You Can Be

Sometimes it can be overwhelming when trying to decide what can and can't be recycled. Check out this video, from Republic Services, to help you do your part in reducing contamination in the recycling process.

 Republic Services Recycle Video


Be a STAR Recycler! Remember Empty, Clean and Dry

When you put items in the recycling container, make sure they're Empty, Clean, and Dry. It's also important to KEEP your recycling dry. One of the best ways to keep recycling dry is to make sure the lid is closed. Here are just a few other benefits to keeping the covers closed on your recycling cart or dumpster:

  • Control litter on windy days
    Closed lids keep recycling in your container on windy days.  
  • Birds can't open lids (we hope)
    Birds pull items from open containers and create a mess.
  • Wet paper isn't recyclable
    Rain ruins recyclable material, often to the point of it no longer being recyclable. If you have cardboard, break it down and put it in your recycling container or wait until a non-rainy day to place it beside your recycling cart.
  • Wet recycling is heavy
    Wet loads are heavy loads, and are much more stressful on your local streets. 

Be a STAR Recycler and if you see a container lid open - close it. Together, we can make sure the good work you do getting Empty, Clean and Dry recycling IN the container STAYS dry waiting for collection day.

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Food and Yard Waste

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Did you know?

  • Food and yard debris is about 30% of the waste we generate at home.
  • The average family of 4 throws away 9 pounds of food each week.
  • Non shiny paper plates, napkins and paper towels can all be composted.
  • You can save money on your garbage bill by placing your food waste into your green bin instead of your garbage can.

How do I get started?

  1. Select a kitchen container.
  2. Throw food scraps away in your new container - not the garbage can.
    1. Collect food scraps and food-soiled paper after a meal and when cleaning out the fridge, freezer or pantry - no plastics.
  3. Empty the container into your green food & yard waste cart.

For more information please contact 253-856-5589 or

Republic Services - Recycle These Items Quiz

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