Houghton Recycling & Transfer Station
Customers must verify eligibility to use King County recycling and garbage facilities
As of June 16, 2021, the King County Solid Waste Division requires all 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
Vehicle restrictions: The maximum combined length limit for vehicles plus trailers (bumper-to-bumper) is 25 feet.
Important: Sort it Out!
At this facility, corrugated cardboard is NOT accepted as garbage. Customers must place empty, flattened corrugated cardboard boxes 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.
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. 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:
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See the disposal fees page for more details and for information on the Cleanup LIFT Discount for eligible customers.
$28.00 per entry (includes basic fee, surcharge and tax)
$165.61 per ton (includes basic fee, surcharge and tax)
Note: Sedans and two-door hatchbacks pay only the minimum fee. All other vehicles will be weighed in and out, and charged for the actual weight disposed based on the per ton fee, with a minimum fee of $28.
$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.
- Visa® MasterCard® (debit/credit)
- 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)
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.