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.

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Republic Services
Customer Service
22010 76th Avenue South
Kent, WA  98032
Commercial/Multifamily:  253-872-7220
Residential:  253-872-4632
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.

2021 Residential Rates

Sort it Out:  New recycling rule starts January 2, 2018 
King County recycling and transfer stations, including Bow Lake and Enumclaw facilities

Increased recycling will cut waste, fight climate change, save landfill space

Detailed information

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Be a STAR recycler: Empty, Clean, Dry
When you put items in the recycling container, make sure they’re Empty, Clean and Dry. It’s also important to KEEP your recycling dry. One of the best ways to keep recycling dry is to make sure the lid is closed. Here a just a few other benefits to keeping the covers closed on your recycling cart or dumpster:

Controls litter on windy days
Closed lids help keep recycling in your container on windy days. 

Birds can’t open lids (we hope)
Birds pull items from open containers and create a mess.  

Wet paper isn’t recyclable
Rain ruins recyclable material, often to the point of it no longer being recyclable. If you have cardboard, break it down and put it in your recycling container or wait until a non-rainy day to place it beside your recycling cart.

Wet recycling is heavy
Wet loads are heavy loads, and are much more stressful on your local streets.

Be a STAR recycler and if you see a container lid open – close it. Together, we can make sure the good work you do getting Empty, Clean and Dry recycling IN the container STAYS dry waiting for collection day.

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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 p.m.

Date:             April 24, 2021  

Date:             September 11, 2021

Household Hazardous Wastemobile
The Household Hazardous Wastemobile travels to locations around King County to provide household hazardous waste disposal services for King County residents.

Location:      Kent Fire Station #75
                     15635 SE 272nd Street, Kent

Hours:           10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday – Sunday

Dates:            March 5 – 7, 2021
                       May 28 - 30, 2021
                       September 10 - 12, 2021

The wastemobile is FREE of charge and is for King County residents and small quantity generators only.  For more information, visit or call the Household Hazards line at 206-296-4692 or 888-TOXIC-ED.

What to bring:

  • Automobile batteries (up to 5)
  • Batteries (lead-acid, alkaline, button, rechargeable)
  • Cleaners
  • Fluorescent lights (up to 10)
  • Gasoline, motor oil, and antifeeze (25-gallon limit)
  • Mercury products
  • Motor oil
  • Oil-based paint
  • Paint thinner or other solvents
  • Pesticides
  • Propane tanks (up to 5-gallon size)

What not to bring:

  • Asbestos
  • Appliances
  • Computers
  • Empty containers
  • Explosives
  • Latex or water-based paint
  • Medicines
  • Sharps
  • Tires
  • Televisions

For the schedule of other locations visit the following website:

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Recycling plastic is as easy as 1, 2, 3 (4, 5, 6, 7)!  Check out the following website for more information.


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

Recycle More.   It’s Easy To Do. Recycle More
Learn about recycling in your home.  For more information, visit

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 One Less Bag ChallengeRegional Landfill, King County is asking residents to reduce their garbage by one less bag per month. By taking the online pledge at, 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——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


Compost Bag SampleFREE Compost Bag Sample
To receive your FREE food compost bag sample pack (10 kitchen composting bags per roll – 3 gallon) visit Covington City Hall at 16720 SE 271st Street, Suite 100.


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

E CycleE-Cycle Washington
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 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:
Shellie Bates
Programs Supervisor