Beginning Jan. 2, cardboard, scrap metal, yard waste and clean wood will no longer be accepted as garbage at King County Solid Waste Division facilities that accept those materials for recycling. Customers will be asked to place those recyclable materials in designated recycling bins or areas.
To reduce waste and save room in the landfill, the King County Solid Waste Division (SWD) beginning Jan. 2 will require customers at solid waste transfer stations and drop boxes to recycle cardboard, scrap metal, yard waste, and clean wood at facilities where those materials can be recycled.
The new rule applies to residents and businesses that haul their own garbage, recyclable and compostable materials to King County transfer stations and drop boxes. Self-haul customers use the public lanes at the transfer stations.
There will be no change in garbage disposal fees as a result of this recycling requirement. And customers could save money by keeping cardboard, scrap metal, clean wood and yard waste separate from their garbage. Paper, glass bottles and jars, aluminum and steel cans, plastic bottles, jugs and tubs, and textiles can also be recycled at no cost.
While there is a fee for recycling yard waste and clean wood (unpainted, untreated lumber, pallets and crates), that fee is 52 percent lower than the garbage disposal fee.
Learn more about recycling at kingcounty.gov/recycling-transfer.
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