Solid Waste and Recycling
*The Covington City Council voted to enact mandatory garbage and recycling service for all Covington residents and businesses to begin on July 1, 2016. For questions regarding the new service, including ordering carts, contact Republic Services at 253-872-4632.
Republic Services (formerly Allied Waste) is the service provider for solid waste, recycling and yard/food waste collection in the City of Covington.
22010 76th Avenue South
Kent, WA 98032
Republic Services Website
Republic Services is the second largest provider of solid waste collection, transfer, recycling and disposal services in the nation. Through 800 local operations and the efforts of more than 30,000 employees across the country, they serve a diverse base of customers at their homes and businesses. They have a relentless drive to follow through on the promises they make and work harder than anyone else in the industry to deliver assurance to their customers.
The City of Covington is committed to making recycling easy for its residents and businesses. Recycling is everyone’s responsibility. The more you RECYCLE, the less you will throw away. It helps keep our environment healthier by reducing the amount of materials sent to landfills. Consider downsizing your garbage cart to save money by increasing your recycling. Please do your part and keep recycling.
Reuse the Past, Recycle the Present, Save the Future!
Business Recycling Collection Event
The City of Covington hosts one business recycling collection event each year (summer). This program is possible because of grants that the city receives each year from King County Solid Waste Division, Washington State Department of Ecology, and Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County.
2016 Business Recycling Collection Event cancelled due to reduction in grant funding.
Residential Recycling Collection Events
The City of Covington hosts two residential recycling collection events each year (spring and fall). This program is possible because of grants that the city receives each year from King County Solid Waste Division, Washington State Department of Ecology, and Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County.
Location: Kentwood High School
25800 164th Avenue SE, Covington
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Date: April 16, 2016 – Spring Event Flyer
Date: Fall 2016
Household Hazardous Wastemobile
The Household Hazardous Wastemobile travels to locations around King County to provide household hazardous waste disposal services for King County residents. They will be in Covington three times in 2014. See schedule below.
Location: Covington Fred Meyer
16735 SE 272nd Street, Covington
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday – Sunday
Dates: March 11 – 13, 2016
June 10 – 12, 2016
September 9 – 11, 2016
The wastemobile is FREE of charge and is for King County residents and small quantity generators only. For more information, visit www.hazwastehelp.org or call the Household Hazards line at 206-296-4692 or 888-TOXIC-ED.
What to bring:
- Batteries (lead acid, alkaline, button, rechargeable)
- Fluorescent lights
- Mercury products
- Motor oil
- Oil based paint
- Paint thinner or other solvents
- Propane tanks
What not to bring:
- Empty containers
- Latex paint
- Solid waste
For the schedule of other locations visit the following website: www.lhwmp.org
For the safety of our kids, families and environment, some law enforcement offices and pharmacies are collecting unwanted medicines from residents until a permanent statewide program is in place. Local governments, businesses, individuals and citizen groups are working to create a statewide program paid for by drug companies. Find convenient pharmaceutical disposal locations at select pharmacies and law enforcement agencies at www.takebackyourmeds.org
Recycle More. It’s Easy To Do.
Learn about recycling in your home. For more information, visit http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/garbage-recycling/recycle-food.asp
One Less Bag Challenge
Make taking out the trash a little easier with King County’s One Less Bag Challenge. To help reduce the amount of waste headed to Cedar Hills Regional Landfill, King County is asking residents to reduce their garbage by one less bag per month. By taking the online pledge at kingcounty.gov/RecycleMore, you can get a free recycling kit and find ways to recycle more, reuse more and waste less.
Why One Less Bag? More than 60 percent of what ends up in the King County landfill is easily recycled. By taking the challenge, you can help save valuable resources from going to waste and save money on your garbage bill by shrinking your garbage cart size. If we all reduced our garbage by just one bag of recyclables per month, we could collectively keep more than 26 million pounds of material, worth $750,000, out of the landfill.
Covington residents that take the One Less Bag Pledge on King County’s website—kingcounty.gov/recyclemore—will be sent a free kit that includes a spatula for hard-to-clean recyclable containers, a recycling guide with fridge magnet, and 10 compostable bags for food scrap and food-soiled paper recycling. For the recycling guidelines of Covington’s solid waste provider, visit republicservices.com/site/covington-wa.
King County Solid Waste Division
What do I do with . . . . ?
Have you ever bought a new appliance and wondered how to get rid of your old one? Found stacks of old business periodicals you want to recycle? Upgraded your organization's computers and ended up with a mountain of old electronic equipment? The "What do I do with…?" directory contains listings of hundreds of businesses and organizations that accept unwanted items from residents and businesses in King County, Washington, for reuse, recycling or proper disposal. To see how it works, visit http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/wdidw/index.asp
E-Cycle Washington is a free program that provides responsible recycling of computers (including laptop and “tablet” PCs), monitors, TVs and e-readers in our state. Recycling is provided free of charge to households, small businesses, school districts, small governments and charities at authorized collection sites. Please note that computer peripherals such as keyboards, mice, and printers are not included in this program.
Call 1-800-RECYCLE or visit http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/swfa/eproductrecycle/ to find available electronic product recycling services in your area.
In the Covington area you may drop off computers, computer monitors, laptops, and televisions at no charge at the following location:
Maple Valley Goodwill
27077 Maple Valley Black Diamond Road SE, Maple Valley
Note: Drop off locations and conditions may change. Quantities accepted may be limited.
City of Covington Contact: