Talking Trash: Garbage, Recycling, Food and Yard Waste

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GarbageRepublic Truck

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

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: 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

Food and Yard Wastesmall Final Yard Waste
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

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