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Annual Spring Recycling Event & Rain Barrel Sale: April 7

Mar 27, 2018 - Safely dispose of the old equipment and household items that are cluttering your basement or garage at the annual Mercer Island Spring Recycling Event on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the Mercer Island Boat Launch (3600 East Mercer Way).

This year, residents can again pick up a rain barrel at a highly discounted rate (just $25, cash only) to use in water conservation projects around the garden. These are available first-come, first served at the boat launch on the day of event only.

[Please also bring along non-perishable food items or cash donation to the event and support the City's Food Pantry!]

Click here to download the complete Spring 2018 event flyer.

NEW this spring: Motor oil/Filters/Antifreeze are no longer accepted at the collection event. 
Please take this material to the City's Public Works Auto Shop (behind City Hall) any weekday, Mon-Fri, from 7:00am-3:00pm

You CAN bring:
  • Alkaline, rechargeable, and cellphone batteries
  • Appliances/scrap metal ($5 for water heaters)
  • Cardboard (please flatten)
  • Confidential document shredding (limit 5 file-size boxes per participant)
  • Electronic/computer equipment (DVD players, VCRs, stereo equipment, printers, copiers, fax machines, scanners, cellular phones and computer peripherals such as keyboards and mice)
  • Household goods and clothing (items in good condition only)
  • Lead acid batteries
  • Mattresses, clean only ($15/mattress/box spring/futon cash only)
  • Porcelain toilets and sinks ($15 cash only)
  • Propane tanks, 5-gallon size ($5 cash only)
  • Refrigerators/freezers/air conditioners ($28-33 cash only)
  • Styrofoam blocks and packing peanuts in bags (must be clean and dry)
  • Tires (limit 6 tires per household; fee for oversize, or on-rim)
  • Clean scrap wood, not treated or painted (milled lumber, plywood and pallets)

Please DO NOT bring these items:

  • Motor oil, filters and antifreeze (take to City Auto Shop instead)
  • Computer monitors and televisions (see E-Cycle information below)
  • Construction/demolition debris
  • Yard waste or stumps
  • Garbage
  • Furniture
  • Plastics
  • Plastic toys, hoses, etc.
  • Window glass  
NO Household Hazardous Waste Accepted, including:
(take these to King Co collection site at Factoria Transfer Station)
  • Cleaning products
  • Fluorescent lights
  • Household chemicals
  • Pesticides/herbicides
  • Oil based paint/solvents
  • Solvents and thinners
  • NOTE: New Rules For Latex Paint -- Latex paint is no longer considered hazardous waste and is not accepted by King County (Residents who cannot use up latex paint, please dry it out and put it in the garbage with the lid off. Visit this King County website for more information on how to dry out latex paint.)

Mercer Island recycling events happen twice per year (usually April and October) and are provided for the convenience of Mercer Island citizens as a service of the City of Mercer Island.
For more information, call 206-275-7608.

The City of Mercer Island is committed to waste reduction and other sustainable practices for a healthy environment. Please visit for more information.


E-Cycle Washington is now on Mercer Island! 

Mercer Island now has a FREE E-Cycle Washington location for recycling of computers, computer monitors, laptops, DVD players, and televisions.

NAME: E-recycle
LOCATION: 7835 SE 30th Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040
PHONE: 206-230-8188
HOURS: 10:00am-6:00pm M-F, and 11:00am-5:00pm Saturday

NOTE: if this location is closed, residents can take televisions, monitors, and other electronics to other regional locations. Check this state website for more detail.


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