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Solid waste disposal fees increase effective Jan. 1, 2022

New solid waste disposal rate supports essential services for King County customers, invests in climate neutrality. There is also a new $30 mattress handling fee. Learn more… 

Customers must verify eligibility to use King County recycling and garbage facilities

Beginning June 16, 2021, the King County Solid Waste Division will require customers who come to a King County recycling and garbage facility to show proof they live or do business within King County's 37-city and unincorporated service area, which excludes the cities of Seattle and Milton. Learn more Download PDF 1.75 MB

Republic Services is experiencing interruptions in service. Find your local hauler to see if residential collection is affected in your neighborhood.

Self-haul customer safety during COVID-19

King County's Solid Waste Division is following the Seattle & King County Public Health Local Health Officer Indoor Masking DirectiveDownload PDF requiring customers to wear masks when visiting a solid waste facility. Learn more


Vehicle restrictions: The maximum combined length limit for vehicles plus trailers (bumper-to-bumper) is 40 feet.

Important: Sort it Out!
At this facility, corrugated cardboard, yard waste, scrap metal, and clean wood are NOT accepted as garbage. Customers must place those materials in marked recycling bins or areas inside the facility. For information about which recyclable materials are accepted, see Recycling services or call 206-477-4466.

Recycling services

Recycling Guide for King County Recycling & Transfer Facilities
See the Recycling Guide Download PDF 1.5 MB for King County Recycling & Transfer Facilities.
Guide to King County Recycling & Transfer Facilities
See King County's Guide to Recycling & Transfer Facilities
Fact sheet for Enumclaw Recycling & Transfer Station
Download a fact sheetDownload PDF 250 K for the Enumclaw Recycling & Transfer Station.
secure your load for safer roads
Vehicles arriving with unsecured loads at public or private transfer stations in King County can be charged an unsecured load fee.

If you are unsure about what is recyclable, download our recycling guide in English Download PDF or Español Download PDF , call the Solid Waste Information Line at 206-477-4466, or submit your question online. Note: as of Jan. 2, 2022, a $30 handling fee will be charged for each mattress, futon, and box spring at all King County facilities, whether they are accepted for recycling or disposal. Find mattress recycling options: English Download PDF | Español Download PDF . Please keep recycling areas free of litter and garbage. Excess materials cannot be stored outside of bins. You can also download a printable guide to all King County recycling & transfer facilities:


See the disposal fees page for more details and for information on the Cleanup LIFT Discount for eligible customers.


Minimum fee
$28.00 per entry (includes basic fee, surcharge and tax)

Per ton
$165.61 per ton (includes basic fee, surcharge and tax)
Note: The minimum fee covers the first 320 pounds. Passenger cars are charged a per entry fee of $28.00. All other vehicles, including station wagons, lift-backs, vans, mini-vans, pickup trucks, recreational vehicles, all-terrain vehicles and sports utility vehicles, are weighed in and out and charged for actual weight disposed, based on the per-ton fee.

Unsecured loads
$25 – strictly enforced
Since 1994, in accordance with state law RCW 70.93.097 external link and King County Code 10.12.040, the Solid Waste Division has assessed a fee to drivers of vehicles with unsecured loads arriving at its transfer facilities. An unsecured load is a load that has not been fastened in or attached to the vehicle with tarps, rope, straps, netting or chains, so as to prevent any part of the load or the covering from becoming loose, detached, or leaving the vehicle while the vehicle is moving. Gravity, speed, and weight are not load securing devices.

The fine for transporting an unsecured load on a public highway is $216. If an item falls out of or off your vehicle and causes bodily injury, you will be charged with a gross misdemeanor, which carries a penalty up to $5,000 and may include jail time. For safer roads and less litter, secure your load.

Payment methods accepted

  • Visa® MasterCard® (debit/credit)
  • Cash
  • Checks - payable to "KCSWD"
  • Due to a regional coin shortage, we prefer payments be made by card or with exact change.

Disposal restrictions at King County solid waste facilities

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. Visit the disposal restrictions page for details.

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 options, Business hazardous waste external link , or call customer service at 206-477-4466.

Length limit for vehicles and trailers

(Subject to operating conditions)

Total length from bumper to bumper may not exceed:
30 feet at Algona, Cedar Falls, Houghton, Renton and Vashon
40 feet at Bow Lake, Enumclaw, Factoria and Shoreline

Transfer station safety guidelines

For your safety, please follow these guidelines when visiting the transfer station:

  • Turn off your cell phone
  • Keep children and pets in vehicle
  • No smoking
  • Watch for moving vehicles
  • Use extreme caution
  • Follow directions from station staff

Water conservation measures in effect at all facilities

All non-essential water use is prohibited. Customers may not use water to hose out their vehicles or to rinse garbage cans – use brooms instead.

Contact Us

 Call: 206-477-4466

TTY Relay: 711

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