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Where to take materials for reuse and recycling

The city's Recycling Options flyer provides information on where to recycle many common materials, such as appliances, styrofoam blocks, medication, household hazardous waste, electronics, fluorescent lights and more. 

 

The information below provides additional recycling and reuse services for Kent residents.  This partial list does not constitute an endorsement of any business. Some recyclers provide pick-up services; others only accept materials dropped off at their facility. Fees may apply.

 

Services, business contact information, materials accepted and fees may change. Please call the individual businesses to verify information.

If your business provides a reuse or recycling option for Kent residents and is not included on this list, please call 253-856-5549 or e-mail us to be included on future versions. Also, please let us know if you notice anything that needs to be updated or corrected.
 

What do I do with…?
For additional information on reuse, recycling or proper disposal options, please visit King County’s “What do I do with…?" database.
 

Online Materials Exchange
King County’s Online Materials Exchange database serves as an online resource for listing and exchanging household items (including posting garage and yard sales) and reusable building materials.

Updated December 2010 

Appliances 
Automotive
Batteries
Cardboard
Carpet and Carpet Pads
Cell Phones
Confidential Materials
Construction Materials
Cylinders & Tanks
Donation Opportunities
Electronic Equipment
Fluorescent Bulbs, Tubes and Ballasts
Foods
Glass
Household Hazardous Waste
Mattresses 
Medication
Metal
Paint
Paper Products
Plastic Bags & Bottles
Plastic Flower Pots
Plastic Polystyrene Blocks, Peanuts and Packaging Materials
Printer/Inkjet Cartridges
Wood
Yard Debris 

Appliances

In general, King County does not accept major appliances for garbage disposal because they can be recycled or reused. Some appliances, such as refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners, also contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which are regulated under the federal Clean Air Act. These items cannot be disposed of and should be recycled. Recycling these appliances helps ensure that CFCs and other refrigerants are safely removed for recycling or disposal and are not released into the atmosphere.

 

Also see donation opportunities.

 

1 Green Planet
1780 N.W. Maple St., Issaquah
425-996-3513
All major appliances 

 

Allied Waste
253-872-7220

Picks up refrigerators, freezers, other major appliances 

 

Binford Metal Recycling
26133 78th Ave. S., Kent
253-854-8000

Major appliances except refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners 

 

Fletcher Distributing and Recycling
18407 Renton-Maple Valley Hwy., Maple Valley
425-432-3960

Refrigerators, freezers, other major appliances 

 

L&L Appliance
1336 W. Main, Auburn
253-939-9338
All major appliances 

 

Philip Services
20245 77th Ave. S., Kent
800-228-7872

Small household only, e.g. toasters, microwaves, electronics, vacuum cleaners 

 

Total Reclaim
2200 6th Ave. S., Seattle
206-343-7443
Picks up all appliances
 

 

Waste Management
800-592-9995

Picks up refrigerators, freezers, other major appliances 

Automotive 

Also see Household Hazardous Waste.

 

Petroleum products such as motor oil are not accepted at King County transfer stations, even in household quantities.  The King County Solid Waste Division recommends that motor oil containers be emptied completely before disposing of empty containers. Used oil and automotive fluids are accepted at most auto parts stores and the Auburn SuperMall WasteMobile. 

 

Motor vehicle batteries, also known as lead-acid batteries, are not accepted at King County transfer stations. Instead, these materials must be recycled or disposed of at a licensed treatment, storage and disposal (TSD) facility.  Automotive batteries are accepted at most auto parts stores and the Auburn SuperMall WasteMobile. 

Vehicles and major vehicle parts can be taken to metal recyclers or salvage or wrecking yards for recycling and disposal.  Tires are accepted at most tire retailers.

Batteries

Also see Automotive.

Also see Household Hazardous Waste.

 

Many household batteries, also known as dry-cell batteries, can contain levels of mercury and other materials that make them dangerous waste when disposed. Residents can take rechargeable batteries (look for the symbol on the battery) to retail locations that participate in the Call2Recycle program. Visit Call2Recycle.org for participating locations and more information. Button batteries (includes small button or coin-sized batteries used in watches, digital thermometers, hearing aids, etc.) are not allowed in the trash and must be recycled. Alkaline batteries can be placed in the trash, although some retail businesses accept them for recycling.

 

Select locations of the following area businesses accept household batteries for recycling.  Residents can also take batteries (including automotive but not alkaline) to the Auburn SuperMall WasteMobile. 

 

1 Green Planet
Bartell Drugs - alkaline, button, rechargeable
Batteries Plus – rechargeable
Best Buy - rechargeable
Black & Decker – rechargeable
The Home Depot – rechargeable
Lowe's – rechargeable
McLendon Hardware - rechargeable
Office Depot – rechargeable
Office Max - rechargeable
PC Recycle – button, rechargeable
Philip Services – alkaline, button, rechargeable
Radio Shack – rechargeable
Sears – rechargeable
Staples – rechargeable
Target – rechargeable
Verizon Wireless – rechargeable

Cardboard

Cardboard is accepted in the single-family and multi-family curbside recycling programs.  For additional options, please see drop-off stations.

Carpet and Carpet Pads

Glacier Recycle
32300 148th Ave. S.E., Auburn
253-333-6565

Carpet pad, as part of commingled construction debris 

 

Great Floors Commercial Sales
206-241-0229, Kent 

Any type of carpet fiber or backing system, including carpet padding, carpet tile and vinyl backed 

 

Pacific Urethane Recycling
755 Central Ave. N.,
 Kent
253-852-9080
 

Polyurethane foam from new or used carpet padding, polyurethane scrap, re-bond carpet pad, used foam mattresses, used seat and auto cushions, prime urethane foam 

Cell Phones

Also see electronic equipment  

 

King County does not accept cell phones in the garbage or at its solid waste disposal facilities. Cell phones can be taken to many electronics, building supply and office supply stores for recycling.  Select locations of the following area businesses accept cell phones and accessories for recycling. Some accept PDAs and pagers. 

 

1 Green Planet
Bartell Drugs
Best Buy
Black and Decker
HD Supply
The Home Depot
Lowe's
McLendon Hardware
Office Depot
PC Recycle
Philip Services
Radio Shack
RE-PC
Red Fox Ink
Sears
Staples
T-mobile
Target
Verizon Wireless

 

Some charities also accept cellular phones and accessories for reuse or recycling:

 

Call2Recycle
For more information and to find local vendors who may be participating in this program, visit: Call2Recycle.org 

 

Call to Protect – The Wireless Foundation 
888-901-7233
For more information and to find local vendors who may be participating in this program, visit: WirelessFoundation.org 

 

Charitable Recycling - The Wireless Source
800-527-4700 x 300
For more information and to print a postage-paid label, visit: CharitableRecycling.com 

Confidential Materials

These companies destroy and recycle confidential materials. Call for materials accepted. Items that may be accepted include paper, CDs, floppy diskettes, videotapes, cassettes and microfiche. 

 

Confidential Data Disposal
425-827-5566
 

 

Shred-It of Western Washington
425-264-0073, Kent
 

Construction Materials

King County’s Online Materials Exchange database serves as an online resource for listing reusable building materials. 

 

The GreenTools program helps builders, residents, businesses and governments create and sustain green buildings and developments.

 

The Construction Recycling program provides information about recycling or disposing of construction, demolition and landclearing materials.

 

Allied Waste  

253-872-7220, Kent 

Concrete, drywall, wood, plywood, masonry 

 

Glacier Recycle  

32300 148th Ave. S.E., Auburn

253-333-6565
Concrete, shake roofing, drywall, commingled construction debris, land clearing materials  

 

Icon Materials Inc.
R St. and Oravetz Rd., Auburn
253-839-2101

Asphalt 

 

Pacific Topsoils
6000 S. 129th St., Seattle/Tukwila
800-884-7645
Concrete, asphalt, brick 

 

Renton Concrete Recyclers
500 Monster Rd. S.W., Renton
206-772-2278

Concrete, asphalt, brick, plaster, porcelain 

 

Resource Recovery Services
8624 219th St S.E., Woodinville
425-486-2761
Drywall 

 

Second Use
7953 2nd Ave. S., Seattle
206-763-6929
Reusable construction materials, fixtures, flooring and some working appliances.  Condition requirements must be met. 

 

Waste Management
800-592-9995

Construction, demolition, landclearing materials 

Cylinders & Tanks

Phillip Services
20245 77th Ave. S., Kent  

800-228-7872
Propane tanks, helium tanks, fire extinguishers, aerosol cans 

Donation Opportunities

Help your community and the environment by donating household items to a charitable organization. In general, materials must be in good condition and not in need of any repair.

 

Goodwill Industries
25814 102nd Pl S.E., Kent
253-856-1430
Clothing, housewares, small appliances, computers (no monitors) 

 

Salvation Army
26401 Pacific Hwy. S., Des Moines
253-839-8062
Clothing, housewares, small appliances, furniture, mattresses, electronic equipment, computers 

 

St. Vincent de Paul
926 Auburn Way N., Auburn
253-833-0401

Drop-off and pick-up: furniture, appliances, mattresses, electronic equipment, computers 


717 Auburn Way N, Auburn
253-833-0400

Drop-off and pick-up: clothing, small furniture, household goods, small appliances 

Electronic Equipment

Also see cell phones. 

Also see donation opportunities. 

 

King County does not accept computers, laptops, monitors, or TVs in the garbage or at its solid waste disposal facilities. 

 

E-Cycle Washington is a program in which manufacturers take responsibility for recycling computers, monitors, laptops and TVs for FREE.  Residents, small businesses, school districts, charities and small government entities are eligible. 

 

King County's Take It Back Network provides a list of local electronics repair and resale shops, recyclers and nonprofit groups that recycle or reuse electronic equipment. 

 

1 Green Planet
1780 N.W. Maple St., Issaquah
425-996-3513
Audio/video, stereos, radios, computers, servers, printers, monitors, scanners, TVs
 

 

PC Recycle
29100 Pacific Hwy S, Federal Way
253-839-9377
 

Audio/video, computers and peripherals, laptops, monitors, printers, copiers, fax machines, scanners, cell phones, PDAs, pagers, TVs 

 

Philip Services
20245 77th Ave S, Kent
 

800-228-7872 

Audio/video, cameras, CDs, floppy diskettes, computers and peripherals, laptops, monitors, printers, copiers, fax machines, cell phones, PDAs, pagers, TVs 

 

Staples – Kent’s Green Business of the Year 2004! 

18129 E Valley Hwy S, Kent 

425-291-5301 

Computers and peripherals, laptops, monitors, printers, copiers, fax machines, cell phones, PDAs, pagers 

 

Staples
25420 104th Ave SE, Kent
 

253-854-2677 

Computers and peripherals, laptops, monitors, printers, copiers, fax machines, cell phones, PDAs, pagers 

 

Some local charities accept working computers for reuse: 

 

InterConnection Computer Reuse and Learning Center
2222 N. Pacific St., Seattle
206-633-1517
Computers.Interconnection.org

Accepts working and non-working equipment
 

Fluorescent Bulbs, Tubes and Ballasts

King County does not accept fluorescent bulbs and tubes (includes "green tipped" tubes and compact fluorescent bulbs) in the garbage or at its solid waste disposal facilities. Residents can take fluorescent bulbs and tubes to the Auburn SuperMall WasteMobile for recycling. 

 

Residents and businesses are encouraged to recycle all light ballasts.  Ballasts marked "No PCBs" may be disposed at King County transfer stations.  Assume that any ballast not specifically marked "No PCBs" contains PCBs. 

 

King County's Take It Back Network provides a list of local recyclers that accept fluorescent bulbs, tubes and/or ballasts and recycle them domestically in an environmentally sound manner.  Some Take it Back Network members charge a fee for their recycling services. 

 

Bartell Drugs
12946 Kent-Kangley Rd,
 Kent
253-631-6652

Compact fluorescent bulbs 

 

Ikea
600 SW 43rd St, Renton
425-656-2980

Compact fluorescent bulbs 

 

McLendon Hardware 

23662 104th S.E., Kent 

253-850-2722

Fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent bulbs 

 

Philip Services
20245 77th Ave. S., Kent
800-228-7872
Fluorescent lights, ballasts
 

Food

Allied Waste accepts food waste in their single-family residential and multifamily yardwaste recycling programs, which are available for an additional fee.  30% of what we throw away at home is food-related waste.  By adding it to a yard waste bin, you'll be able to reduce your garbage container size and your garbage bill!  For a detailed list of what’s accepted, please review Allied Waste’s brochure.   

Glass 

Glass is accepted in the single-family and multi-family curbside recycling programs.  For additional options, please see Drop-Off Stations. 

Household Hazardous Waste

See household hazardous waste.

Mattresses

See donation opportunities.

 

Medication

Visit TakeBackYourMeds.org for additional locations and details on the types of medication accepted. 

 

Group Health Pharmacy 

26004 104th Ave. S.E., Kent 

425‐251‐4070 

Metal

Metal is accepted in single-family and multi-family curbside recycling programs.  For additional options, please see Appliances and Drop-Off Stations. 

 

1 Green Planet
1780 N.W. Maple St., Issaquah
425-996-3513
Copper wire, vehicle components 

 

Binford Metal Recycling
26133 78th Ave. S., Kent
253-854-8000
Aluminum, brass, copper, steel, some appliances 

 

Glacier Recycle
32300 148th Ave. S.E., Auburn
253-333-6565
All scrap metal 

 

Metals West Inc.
21829 88th Pl. S., Kent
253-872-0676
Aluminum, brass, copper, steel, tin 

Paint

Latex—dry it out and put it in the garbage with the lid off. Use one part kitty litter to one part latex paint or mix with a commercial paint hardener. 

 

Oil‐based – Oil-based paints are not accepted at King County transfer stations. Residents may dispose of oil-based paint at the Auburn SuperMall WasteMobile.  


Philip Services
 

20245 77th Ave S, Kent 

800-228-7872

Latex, oil-based paint
 

Paper Products 

 

 

 

Plastic Bags & Bottles 

 The best way to recycle your plastic bags and film is to bring them back to the grocery store. Just stuff them into a single plastic bag, tie it up, and drop it into a plastic bag collection container found at these retail partners. 

 

Plastic bottles are accepted in the single-family and multi-family curbside recycling programs.  For additional options, please see Drop-Off Stations. 

Plastic Flower Pots

Covington Creek Nursery
32135 Thomas Rd. S.E., Auburn
253-887-8838
1 gallon or larger 

 

Flower World
9322 196th St. S.E., Snohomish (Maltby)
425-481-7565
Various sizes, clean, not broken 

 

Pacific Natives and Ornamentals
23423 57th Ave S.E., Woodinville
425-483-8108
1, 2, and 5-gallon, round, black, clean, not broken 

 

Swanson’s Nursery9701 15th Ave N.W., Seattle
206-782-2543
Exchange (leave or take), 4”, 6”, 1 gallon and larger, clean, not broken 

 

The Copper Vine
1315 E. Pine St. Seattle
206-323-0770
All sizes, clean, not broken
 

Plastic Polystyrene Blocks, Peanuts and Packaging Materials

Easthill Mailbox
10216 256th St S.E., Kent
253-852-1311
Packaging peanuts, bubble wrap 

 

Mail Boxes of Kent
10605 S.E. 240th St., Kent
253-852-3646
Packaging peanuts, bubble wrap 

 

Storopack
20414 87th Ave. S., Kent
253-872-6844

Packaging peanuts 

 

The UPS Store
12932 Kent-Kangley Rd., Kent
253-639-4909
Packaging peanuts, bubble wrap 

 

The UPS Store
325 Washington Ave. S., Kent
253-854-7377
Packaging peanuts, bubble wrap 

 

V & G Styro Recycle
800 SW 43rd St., Renton
253-838-9555

Styrofoam blocks, packaging peanuts 

Printer/Inkjet Cartridges

1 Green Planet
1780 N.W. Maple St., Issaquah
425-996-3513
Inkjet and toner cartridges 

 

Office Depot
8420 S. 228th, Kent
253-520-1747
Most inkjet and toner cartridges 

 

PCR - Print Cartridge Recycling
4520 B St. N.W., Ste. A, Auburn
800-654-6072
Inkjet and toner cartridges
 

 

Red Fox Ink
27623 Covington Way S.E., Covington
253-631-7573
Inkjet and toner cartridges
 

 

Staples – Kent’s Green Business of the Year 2004!
18129 E Valley Hwy S, Kent
425-291-5301

Most inkjet and toner cartridges 

 

Staples
25420 104th Ave. S.E., Kent
253-854-2677

Most inkjet and toner cartridges 

Wood

Cedar Grove Composting
17825 Cedar Grove Rd. S.E., Maple Valley
425-432-2395
Clean, untreated wood, pallets, plywood 

 

Glacier Recycle32300 148th Ave. S.E., Auburn
253-333-6565

Brush, woody debris 

 

Pacific Topsoils
6000 S. 129th St., Seattle/Tukwila
800-884-7645

Lumber, pallets, wood chips, stumps 

 

Rainer Wood Recyclers
27529 Covington Way S.E., Covington
425-222-0008
All wood products without stain, paint, dirt or metal brackets (nails OK), stumps 

Yard Debris

Kent single-family and multi-family customers can sign up for yard debris collection for a fee in addition to garbage and recycling service. Please contact your hauler for more information. Also see yard debris and composting.

 

Cedar Grove Composting
17825 Cedar Grove Rd., Maple Valley
425-432-2395
Grass clippings, leaves, weeds, shrubs, brush, branches, sod 

 

Glacier Recycle
32300 148th Ave. S.E., Auburn
253-333-6565

Brush, woody debris 

 

Pacific Topsoils
6000 S. 129th St., Seattle/Tukwila
800-884-7645
Grass clippings, leaves, weeds, shrubs, brush, branches, dirt, topsoil, sod, stumps 

 


 

Recycling

Mark your calendar - The Fall Recycling Event takes place on Saturday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Russell Road Park.  Learn what you can bring.  Also read about the Curbside Cleanup Week happening during the week of Nov. 11-15. READ MORE