Trail and Traffic Alerts, New Commercial Recycling Rules, Next Council meeting Sept. 3,

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August 14, 2019

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New Commercial Recycling Ordinance Requires Equal Recycling Capacity

The City Council recently passed Ordinance O-4695 requiring commercial customers to have recycling collection service with as much capacity for recycling as for trash.

The new ordinance is intended to improve the commercial recycling diversion rate, or proportion of material recycled by weight. The City’s goal is to recycle seventy percent of its waste. Currently, commercial customers in Kirkland recycle only about a quarter of the waste they generate. Approximately forty percent of Kirkland commercial properties will need to increase their recycling capacity under the new ordinance.

“Ordinance O-4695 allows us to make a notable reduction in the percentage of commercial waste that ends up in the trash without imposing a significant burden on our business community,” said Mayor Penny Sweet. “There is no additional cost associated with adding recycling service, and City staff is prepared to support businesses that might need assistance during this transition.”

Recycling is included with trash service at no extra cost through the City’s contract with Waste Management. To help businesses improve their recycling programs, the Solid Waste Division can provide free on-site assistance, deskside recycling containers, and outreach materials. Food scrap composting service is also free for qualifying businesses. Additionally, businesses are eligible for free sustainability resources through the EnviroStars Green Business program.

The new commercial recycling ordinance is modeled after a 2016 revision to the Kirkland Municipal Code (KMC) requiring all multifamily properties to offer recycling service to their residents and have as much recycling capacity as garbage capacity. The multifamily requirement has been a useful tool to encourage recycling and has supported the growth of the multifamily diversion rate over the past three years from twenty-two percent to over thirty percent.

Businesses interested in receiving assistance with their waste reduction and recycling programs can call the City’s Recycling Hotline at (425) 587-3812 or email Information can be found online at

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Next Council Meeting is September 3


There will be no Council meeting on Tuesday, August 20. The next City Council meeting will be on Tuesday, September 3. 

Traffic and Trail Alerts for the week of August 19 thru August 23

NE 120th Street Closure- August 20 thru August 

The City of Kirkland Public Works Department will be performing significant pavement repair along the northbound lane of 124th Avenue NE between NE 116th Street and NE 120th Street. In order to repair the intersection of 124th Ave and NE 120th Street, NE 120th Street
will be closed to through traffic between 5:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m, August 20 thru 22.

Local traffic only will be allowed. Detours will be available on Slater Ave NE, and temporary lane closures and traffic control will be present on 124th Avenue.

120th street closure map

Cross Kirkland Corridor- segment closure starting 8/19

The Cross Kirkland Corridor from N.E. 100th Street to 111th Ave N.E. will be closed for approximately two weeks starting Monday, August 19. Trail users may the established detour route. The City's contractor, Dungeness Construction, has begun work on repairs to a 24-inch culvert, the outfall of which is eroding a small section of the Cross Kirkland Corridor’s foundation north of Crestwoods Park. Crews will install a manhole and build a stream channel with check dams to dissipate the impact of the water as it flows from the concrete culvert, onto the Cross Kirkland Corridor’s foundation and down the hillside. More information is available on the CKC Headwall page on the City website. 

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Sixth Street Improvements

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Save the Date! Sustainability Summit

Save the Date: Sustainability Summit

Upcoming Events

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Pet-a-palooza Road Show

Saturday, August 17, 12 to 2 p.m. 

Jasper's Dog Park 

Join us for our final summer Pet-a-palooza Road Show event! Meet Kirkland's Animal Control Officer Jennifer Matison, get a free leash, and learn more about the benefits of licensing your pet! Get free professional pictures of your furry best friend!

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CERT Rodeo!

Saturday, August 24, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

Kirkland City Hall

Join the Kirkland Office of Emergency Management (OEM) for the inaugural Kirkland CERT Rodeo! Yeehaw!
Come refresh, practice, and casually compete in CERT skills and get to know other CERTs in your neighborhood and OEM staff, and at the end of the day you'll get to lasso yourself a sweet treat.

This event is open to people who have completed Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. Priority registration will be given to City of Kirkland residents.
For more information contact OEM at or (425) 587-3391. Learn more about CERT at

For safety reasons, the CERT Rodeo is only open to people who have completed Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. The next CERT class in Kirkland starts September 17, learn more at

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Community Police Academy

Applications Due Friday, August 30

The Kirkland Police Department is accepting applications for the 2019 Community Police Academy, a dynamic, eight-week series meant to give Kirkland residents a firsthand look at the inner-workings of the Kirkland Police Department.

The 2019 Community Police Academy takes place 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday evening starting on September 18 and running through November 6, 2019. The series includes fun, focused instruction on a variety of law enforcement-related topics including patrol officer training, investigations, K9, special response, use of force, firearms, DUI enforcement, traffic enforcement and more! For more information about the Community Police Academy or to download the application, please visit our website at: Kirkland Police Department- Community Police Academy.

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Becoming American

Kingsgate Library

Tuesday, September 17, 6:30  to 8:30 p.m.

Join a celebration of National Welcoming Week, bringing together immigrants, refugees, and native-born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone. More information at

juanita friday market

Juanita Friday Market

Every Friday June 7 to Sept. 27, 3 to 7 p.m.

Juanita Beach Park, 9703 N.E. Juanita Drive

A twelve-year Kirkland tradition, the Juanita Friday Market features fresh produce from local farmers, artisanal breads and desserts, locally-made honey, hot food, cut flowers, sustainable skin care products, hand-crafted jewelry, candles, natural soap, local art and much more. The weekly series is set against the stunning backdrop of Juanita Beach Park, which offers sandy shoreline, restrooms, swimming and a children’s play area.