Garbage, Recycling, Food and Yard Waste

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Hauling Services for Residents and Businesses


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, customers will receive a blue recycling cart and a green food/yard waste cart, in a choice of sizes, at no additional charge. View the Republic Services' current residential garbage rates.  

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...?" database for locations and assistance. 

Bow Lake Recycling & Transfer Station

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. 

Make sure to follow these recycling tips:

 Put recyclables in the bin loose  Scrape out food residue
 Flatten boxes; large pieces next to bin; do not tie with twine  Loose lids and caps go in the garbage
 Recycle plastic by shape: bottles, tubs, jugs and cups  Labels are okay
 Ignore the chasing arrow symbols and numbers on plastic containers  Empty and rinse containers

Our Recycling Options flyer shows where to recycle appliances, Styrofoam, medication, household hazardous waste, electronics, fluorescent lights and more.

Food and Yard Wastesmall Final Yard Waste

Food and yard debris is about 30% of the waste we generate at home.

  • Throw food scraps away in a convenient kitchen countertop container
    • Many styles are available and some offer carbon filters to eliminate odors
    • Line the container with a paper or compostable bag for easy carry-ou
  • Collect food scraps and food-soiled paper after a meal and when cleaning out the fridge 
    • Peel spuds right onto yesterday’s news – a couple of pages from a newspaper will do to wrap it up
    • Add in fruit and veggie trimmings, meat, fish, chicken-even the bones, bread, pasta, coffee ground
    • After dinner, scrape the plates straight into the container
    • Paper towels, napkins, greasy pizza delivery boxes, uncoated (non-shiny) paper plates and cups can go in to
  • Empty the container into your green yard waste cart
    • Reduce odors by dumping kitchen container contents into your green cart dail
    • Keep your cart clean by lining the bottom with newspaper and/or layer your food scraps in with your yard waste;  using compostable or paper bags will also help keep the cart clea
    • Add shredded paper with food waste to absorb moisture
    • Rinse out your cart on a strip of grass, NEVER DOWN A STORM DRAIN.  Republic Services offers one free cart cleaning per year and additional cleanings and low cost.
    • Worried about odors? Designate a produce drawer or corner in your fridge or freezer to store those “odor ridden” items-generally the raw meats, chicken and fish. Add these items to your green yard waste cart and reduce your garbage, the size of your gray cart and garbage bill.  See flyers for more information.

Contact us for FREE assistance with waste prevention or recycling programs.

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