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Due to new regulatory restrictions in the recycling industry, there is a new temporary Recycle Processing Surcharge, effective 9/1/19, of $0.96 per month for residential customers and $2.98 per cubic yard of garbage for multifamily and cart-based commercial customers.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to your questions about Republic Services waste and recycling services for Kent.

What is the Recycle Processing Surcharge?

To accommodate adverse changes in recyclable commodities markets, Kent's residential, multifamily, and cart-based commercial customers will pay a Recycle Processing Surcharge, starting September 1, 2019. Residential customers will pay an additional $0.96 per month, and multifamily and cart-based commercial customers will pay $2.98 per cubic yard of monthly garbage service. At the beginning of each year, the surcharge will be re-evaluated.

Can I recycle plastic grocery bags?

Yes. Combine all your plastic grocery bags into one bag, tie shut, and place in your blue recycle cart. You can also collect and return them to your local grocery store to recycle. Clean stretch wrap and plastic bags are also accepted in the blue recycle cart. Please bag together in a plastic bag. Loose bags are not accepted.

Is Styrofoam recyclable?

Styrofoam cannot be recycling in your curbside container. Visit for information about drop off locations for Styrofoam recycling.

What do I do with food scraps if I don’t have a food and yard waste container?

If you do not have a food and yard waste container, bag your food scraps and place into the garbage.

Where is the transfer station?

Click here to link to King County Transfer Stations website.

Can I recycle plastic pots? (used for plants)

Yes, clean them out (no dirt) and place in your curbside recycle container.

What numbers are recyclable?

Not all plastics are recyclable, but you can recycle any plastic container in the shape of a bottle, tub, jug or cup.

What is the hazardous waste fee?

It is a Washington State mandatory fee.

How many months am I billed for?

3 months.

Can I put deceased small animals in the garbage?

Double bag and place in garbage. Animals must weigh 15 pounds or less

What do I do with shredded paper?

Put loose shredded paper in your food and yard waste container and layer in between food scraps and yard waste. No shredded plastic please.

Can pet waste go in the food and yard waste container?

No, it needs to be bagged and placed in the garbage.

What time do I need to have my containers out?

6:00 am.

What holidays will affect my pickup?

Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

If your collection falls on or after that day during the collection week, your pick-up day will shift one day.

(If New Year’s Day falls on Monday, those normally collected on Monday will be collected on Tuesday; Tuesday customers will be collected on Wednesday; Wednesday customers will be collected on Thursday; Thursday customers will be collected on Friday, and Friday customers will be collected on Saturday.)

Can I put wood waste in the food and yard waste container and how much?

Small amounts of untreated wood can go in your food and yard waste container.

Are window glass and mirrors recyclable?

No, they must be bagged and placed in your garbage container.

Are plastic CD cases recyclable?

No, neither is the CD itself.

What do I do with excess yard waste, dirt, sod, or rock?

Pacific Topsoils takes excess yard waste, dirt, sod and rock.

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