Take advantage of year-round recycling opportunities for household batteries, prescription medications, plastic bags, televisions, computers and more. Use the links below for more information about where to recycle various items.

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What Do I Do With...? - King County website listing where to take various products for recycling

Plastic Bags and Plastic Wrap

Plastic bags and wrap (such as produce bags, dry cleaning bags, and the wrap around paper towels) are not allowed in curbside recycling bins.  Please take those separated materials to a drop-off location for remanufacturing or place them in the garbage for disposal. 

  • Find plastic bag and wrap drop-off locations - including local grocery stores and the Shoreline Recycling & Transfer Station - at plasticfilmrecycling.org

Plastic bags and wrap are often wet or have food waste on them when placed in the curbside recycling and contaminate other materials.  Plastic bags can also jam sorting and processing equipment at recycling facilities, leading to frequent shutdowns while workers remove the tangled materials. Bringing plastic bags and wrap to a drop-off location keeps the bundled recyclables cleaner and easier to manufacture into new products.

Shoreline Recycling & Transfer Station

The Shoreline Recycling & Transfer Station accepts a number of items for recycling, including:

  • Plastic film and grocery bags
  • Clothing, shoes and fabric
  • Foam blocks and coolers
  • Fluorescent tubes and bulbs
  • Appliances, including refrigerators
  • Cardboard
  • Bicycles and bicycle parts

Learn more about materials accepted for recycling at the Shoreline Recycling & Transfer Station

Special Item Recycling at the Recology Store

If Recology picks up at your house, you can drop off at their store! The Recology Store accepts for recycling items that cannot be put into curbside recycling cart, including: CFL light bulbs, household batteries, old textiles, hard-cover books, small electronics and appliances, block Styrofoam™, latex paint, and bicycles.

Recology residential customers may drop off limited quantities of the hard-to-recycle items listed above at any Recology Store location. Non-customers may also drop off at the Recology Store for a minimal fee. Call stores for details.

View the Recology store guide to see what you can bring to the store for recycling

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Visit the Recology Store in Shoreline to recycle various items and find eco-friendly products.

Household Battery Recycling

Shoreline residents can recycle household batteries at no cost. Battery types accepted include: alkaline, carbon zinc, lithium, lithium-ion, nickel cadmium, nickel metal-hydride, and small rechargeable lead acid batteries less than 2 pounds. Collections bins are set up at the following locations:
  • Bartell Drugs - Photo Center
    18420 Aurora Avenue N
  • City Hall Lobby
    17500 Midvale Avenue N
  • Walgreens - Photo Center
    14510 Aurora Avenue N
    17524 Aurora Avenue N
  • Fire Station #61 - Training & Support Facility
    17525 Aurora Avenue N
  • North City Water District
    1519 NE 177th Street

In 2018, Shoreline residents recycled 7,885 pounds of batteries, keeping them out of the landfill and protecting the environment from hazardous waste. Thank you for properly recycling!

Cooking Oil Recycling

Shoreline residents can recycle used kitchen oil with Recology: 

  • Curbside Collection (with recycling service by Recology)
    *Remove any contaminants, seal in a leak-free, clear plastic jug with a screw top lid
    *Label jug with name and address
    *Place jug on ground next to blue cart (limit 3 gallons per collection)

Cooking oil is refined into biodiesel fuel, which is purchased by Recology to fuel garbage trucks! 

Construction, Demolition and Land Clearing Debris

Debris generated from construction, demolition and land clearing, also known as CDL, can include materials such as wood, concrete, drywall, masonry, siding, roofing, structural metal, wire, insulation and asphalt.

Visit King County's What Do I Do With...? site to find businesses that can recycle CDL.

Electronics Recycling

Electronic equipment may contain lead, mercury, cadmium, brominated flame retardants and other toxic materials. The Washington State Department of Ecology has the E-Cycle Washington program in place to provide responsible recycling of various electronics.

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Locations

  • Recology Store Shoreline
    15235 Aurora Ave N.
  • Deseret Industries - Donation Center
    17935 Aurora Ave N
  • Shoreline Goodwill - Donation Center
    14500 15th Ave NE

Electronics Accepted

  • Televisions
  • Computers
  • Computer monitors
  • Portable or laptop computers including tablet computers
  • E-readers (also called e-book readers)
  • Portable DVD players

To recycle additional electronics that are not included in the E-Cycle Washington program, visit Electronics and Appliances Recycling at Best Buy.

Paper Shredding 

Confidential paper shredding services are offered at free community events listed on the Washington State Office of the Attorney General website. Local fee-based shredding services are also available at:

  • OfficeMax
    1345 N 205th Street, Shoreline
    (206) 546-6016
  • The UPS Store 
    20126 Ballinger Way NE, Shoreline, WA 98155
    (206) 367-6400

Listed businesses are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement by the City of Shoreline. 

Prescription Medicines

Unwanted medicines that are flushed down toilets or thrown into the trash may end up in our surface and ground waters, impacting aquatic organisms, wildlife, our health, and the environment. You can safely dispose of unwanted medicines at the following locations:
  • QFC Pharmacy - Richmond Beach
    600 NW Richmond Beach Rd
    (206) 542-5469
  • International Community Health Services - Shoreline Pharmacy
    16549 Aurora Ave N
    (206) 533-2600
  • Shoreline Police Station - City Hall
    17500 Midvale Ave N
    (206) 801-2710

 For more information, visit King County Secure Medicine Return.