[Kirkland, Wash.] – MTN – Kirkland will hold its annual household goods recycling event on July 23, Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lake Washington Institute for Technology, 11605 132nd Ave NE.
The annual event allows Kirkland residents to empty their garages and closets of unwanted items in a sustainable way. Items that will be accepted this year include:
- Clothing and linens in any condition except wet
- Electronics, including LCD and plasma televisions and monitors, computers, laptops, printers, cell phones, keyboards, mice, microwaves, audio-visual equipment such as cameras, DVD players and satellite receivers, Christmas lights, wires and cables
- Paper shredder with a limit of one medium box per household
Recyclable materials will be accepted until 3 p.m. or until the collection vehicles are full. In previous years, the demand for recycling filled the trucks before the scheduled end time, so locals are advised to come in the morning.
Some household items accepted in previous years will not be accepted this year.
- Styrofoam – residents can throw it out during the weekly garbage collection or take it to Shoreline or Kent transfer stations
- Older style computer monitors and CRT televisions
- No appliance expects microwaves
- No paint or other hazardous materials
- No batteries, fluorescent bulbs or individual bulbs (Christmas lights will be accepted)
Data experts recommend removing hard drives before donating if you plan to drop off computers or laptops for recycling. Reformatting a hard drive does not “clean” it, old data is still accessible and easily recoverable. Instructions on how to remove a hard drive from your computer can be found on YouTube and other social media sites by searching for the computer manufacturer and model number.
To properly dispose of a hard drive, it is recommended to drill several holes through the drive itself or break it until the platters are physically broken inside. Solid-state hard drives can be punctured, smashed into pieces, and thrown into multiple trash collections.
Mobile phones should be factory reset and SIM card and external memory cards removed.
Residents are encouraged to bring shredding supplies even if they have a shredder at home. Shredded paper is no longer accepted for home recycling and should be put in the trash.