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King County's solid waste facilities are designed to accept a wide range of materials; however, there are legal, operational and safety reasons why some materials are restricted.

The list below summarizes disposal restrictions. For more information, please visit the following resources: What do I do with…?, Take it Back Network, Waste acceptance and clearance, Household hazardous waste collection, Business hazardous waste, or call Customer Service at 206-477-4466.

Not accepted in garbage (additional restrictions are listed on this page)

  • Ammunition
  • Batteries – vehicle and marine batteries
  • Burning or smoldering material
  • Computers, monitors, laptops, TVs, cell phones (printers, fax machines, and scanners okay)
  • Construction and demolition waste delivered in hydraulic lift truck or trailer
  • Explosives
  • Hazardous/dangerous or universal wastes (ignitable, corrosive, reactive or toxic) from large or small quantity generators (see household hazardous waste below)
  • Medicines
  • Motor vehicles and major vehicle parts (those with VIN numbers) (RVs are listed below)
  • Paint – no liquid latex or oil-based paint (dried out or solidified latex paint is okay)
  • Tanks – such as propane or helium - unless empty and 2 gallons or less in size
  • Treated wood from commercial customers

Items that require prior written approval for disposal

  • Asbestos-containing waste
  • Bulky/dense items greater than 2 feet by 2 feet by 2 feet and weigh more than 200 pounds (includes large stumps, large pieces of concrete, safes, and wood stoves, which can damage equipment)
  • Cable, wire, rope (in lengths long enough and strong enough to tangle equipment)
  • Contaminated soil
  • Dead animals (over 15 pounds)
  • Drums – Empty metal or plastic drums in quantities greater than one or from commercial customers
  • Drums – Empty drums that previously contained acutely hazardous waste (must be certified cleaned)
  • Dusty (that cannot be controlled by bagging at transfer station)
  • Food more than ½ pallet
  • Industrial waste/industrial sludge
  • Liquids more than 5 gallons
  • Mattresses in excess of six pieces per customer per day
  • Tanks – Empty home heating oil tanks or other underground storage tanks
  • Over-length, rigid items more than eight feet long
  • Overly odorous wastes
  • RVs: boats, motorhomes, campers, travel trailers
  • Sanitary sewer grit or vactor waste
  • Sharps from clinics, dentists, etc. and other biomedical waste

Not accepted in garbage, but accepted for recycling/handling at some facilities. Fees apply for some items.

  • Large appliances – includes refrigerators, hot water heaters, stoves, etc. (accepted at Bow Lake, Enumclaw, Factoria, Shoreline and Vashon for recycling)
  • Batteries – rechargeable and button batteries (accepted at Factoria household hazardous waste [HHW] drop-off service)
  • Batteries – vehicle and marine batteries (accepted at Factoria HHW drop-off service)
  • Corrugated cardboard at facilities where cardboard recycling is provided
  • Household hazardous waste – includes motor oil and other automotive fluids, flammables (pressurized cans or tanks, paint/solvents/preservatives), batteries (other than alkaline), corrosives, pesticides, mercury-containing products, light ballasts, and propane tanks (accepted at Factoria HHW drop-off service)
  • Mercury-containing light bulbs and tubes, including fluorescent lights (accepted at Bow Lake, Enumclaw, Factoria, Shoreline, and Vashon for recycling with a limit of 10 bulbs and tubes per person per day)
  • Metal (scrap – ferrous and nonferrous metal items with 50% or more metal) at facilities where scrap metal recycling is provided
  • Paint – oil-based (accepted at Factoria HHW drop-off service)
  • Sharps (containerized sharps kiosks at Bow Lake, Factoria, Shoreline – residential only)
  • Wood (clean – unpainted, unstained, untreated lumber, particle board, plywood, pallets, crates) at facilities where clean wood recycling is provided
  • Yard waste at facilities where yard waste recycling is provided

Accepted for disposal with restrictions

  • Residential self-haul customers:
    • Dirt (uncontaminated) – up to one pickup truck full. Must control dust.
    • Drums – limit one open, empty metal or plastic drum per load
    • Tires – four passenger car tires per load
  • Residential self-haul customers and commercial customers
    • Construction and demolition debris delivered by vehicle without hydraulic lift
    • Cooking oil that has been solidified
    • Fireworks (spent fireworks may be soaked in water overnight, sealed in plastic bag and disposed wet)
    • Hot tubs – accepted at the Bow Lake, Enumclaw, Factoria, Shoreline and Vashon stations only
    • Latex paint that has been solidified (Businesses must designate latex paint. Contact King County Public Health (206-296-4633) with questions.)
    • Mattresses or box springs – combined total of six per customer/company per day
    • Oil filters that have been drained for 24 hours or have been crushed and drained (metal may be recycled)
    • Polystyrene packaging (if littering/nuisance cannot be controlled by bagging, may require written approval)
    • Tanks – Empty helium tanks up to 5 gallons (do not recycle)
    • Tanks – Empty propane tanks up to 2 gallons (do not recycle)
Contact Us

 Call: 206-477-4466

TTY Relay: 711

Fax: 206-296-0197

King County Solid Waste Division mission: Waste Prevention, Resource Recovery, Waste Disposal