Public Works Engineering
400 W. Gowe St., Kent, WA 98032
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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.
Remember: Garbage = Landfill.
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:
- 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
Republic Services reminds you to keep recycling: "Simple as 1 - 2 - 3".
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.
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!
RecycleCoach.com 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 TalkingTrash@KentWA.gov.
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.
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.
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.
- Select a kitchen container.
- Throw food scraps away in your new container - not the garbage can.
- Collect food scraps and food-soiled paper after a meal and when cleaning out the fridge, freezer or pantry - no plastics.
- Empty the container into your green food & yard waste cart.