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

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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 Factoria Transfer Station
Download a fact sheetDownload PDF 250 K for the Factoria Transfer Station.
latex paint disposal policy
Read about King County's Latex Paint Disposal Policy.
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 Download PDF 1.5 MB K, call the Solid Waste Information Line at 206-477-4466, or submit your question online. 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:

Fees

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

Garbage

Minimum fee
$25.50 per entry (includes basic fee, surcharge and tax)

Per ton
$151.33 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 $25.50. 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"

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

Fax: 206-296-0197

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