Houghton Recycling & Transfer Station
- Recycling services
- Payment methods accepted
- Disposal restrictions
- Length limits for vehicles and trailers
- Safety guidelines
- Water conservation
- Construction projects at this facility
If you are unsure about what is recyclable, 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. Download a printable copy of the Guide to King County recycling and transfer facilities Download PDF 580 K.
See the disposal fees page for more details and for information on the Cleanup LIFT Discount for eligible customers.
$25.25 per entry (includes basic fee, surcharge and tax)
$151.06 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 $25.25. 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.
$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.
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- 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.
Not accepted for disposal
- Items more than eight feet long – includes large objects such as boats, trailers, and campers. See "items that require prior written approval for disposal" below.
- Explosives – includes fireworks and ammunition: contact your local police department or the King County Sheriff for disposal options; the Seattle Police Athletic Association shooting range external link in Tukwila accepts fireworks and ammunition; and some rifle and pistol ranges may also accept ammunition.
- Burning or smoldering material
- Computers, monitors and laptops (visit the Take it Back Network or the What Do I Do With…? website for free recycling options)
- Dense items – items that are larger than 2 feet by 2 feet by 2 feet and weigh more than 200 lbs are not accepted because they can damage garbage handling equipment. Examples of unacceptable dense items include large stumps, large pieces of concrete, and wood stoves. Recycling and composting options exist for many dense items and some can be disposed with prior written approval. See "items that require prior written approval for disposal," below for more info. Note: couches, bookshelves, desks, and other items that are less dense and less than eight feet long are accepted for disposal.
- Motor vehicles and major vehicle parts
- Paint – no liquid latex or oil-based paint (dried out or solidified latex paint is okay)
- Propane tanks
Not accepted for disposal, but accepted for recycling 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)
- Batteries – alkaline batteries, rechargeable and button batteries (accepted at Factoria household hazardous waste [HHW] drop-off service and other HHW collection sites)
- Batteries – vehicle and marine batteries (accepted at Factoria HHW drop-off service only)
- Mercury-containing light bulbs and tubes, including fluorescent lights, are accepted at Bow Lake, Enumclaw, Factoria, Shoreline, and Vashon only. There is a limit of 10 bulbs and tubes per person per day at each of these five King County facilities. No fee will be charged, due to the LightRecycle Washington program external link , which was established under Washington's second product stewardship law where manufacturers are responsible for providing a convenient recycling system for their product. Lighting manufacturers will add an environmental handling charge to the purchase price of mercury-containing light bulbs and tubes sold at retail in Washington, and ensure that the charge is remitted to a stewardship organization that will operate the recycling program efficiently.
- Household hazardous waste – includes automotive fluids, oil-based paints, pesticides, wood preservatives, alkaline batteries and petroleum products (accepted at Factoria HHW drop-off service only)
- Mercury-containing products (including mercury switches, thermometers, thermostats and button batteries) (accepted at Factoria HHW drop-off service only)
Not accepted for disposal at facilities that offer recycling services for these materials. Fees apply for yard waste and clean wood, but those fees are less than the garbage fee.
- Cardboard – corrugated cardboard boxes, empty (accepted at Bow Lake, Cedar Falls, Enumclaw, Factoria, Houghton, Renton, Shoreline, Skykomish and Vashon for recycling).
- Scrap metal – aluminum, brass, copper, iron, steel items with 50% or more metal, up to 8 feet long and up to 200 pounds (accepted at Bow Lake, Enumclaw, Factoria, Shoreline and Vashon for recycling).
- Yard waste – branches (no more than 8 feet long or 4 inches in diameter), brush, grass clippings, leaves, stumps and wood rounds (no more than 2 feet by 2 feet by 2 feet), and other yard waste (accepted at Bow Lake, Cedar Falls, Enumclaw, Factoria, Shoreline and Vashon for recycling)
- Clean wood – unpainted, unstained, untreated lumber, pallets and crates (accepted at Bow Lake, Enumclaw, Factoria and Shoreline for recycling)
Accepted for disposal with restrictions
From residential self-haul customers only:
- Containerized sharps – home generated only. Accepted at no charge in designated sharps bin at the Bow Lake and Shoreline stations.
- Dirt (uncontaminated) – up to one pickup truck full. Must control dust.
- Drums – limit one open, empty metal or plastic drum per load
- Tires – passenger car tires only. Limit four per load from residential customers only.
- Treated wood – such as railroad ties and pressure treated wood. Must be less than eight feet long.
From residential self-haul customers and commercial customers:
- Construction and demolition debris – such as drywall, roofing, siding, etc. Not accepted from dump trucks, dump trailers, flat beds that dump, or roll-off boxes (dump trucks, flat beds and roll-offs accepted at the Vashon station only). Materials must meet size and length limits.
- Hot tubs – accepted at the Bow Lake, Enumclaw and Vashon stations only. Must meet size and length limits.
- Mattresses or box springs – combined total of six per customer/company per day.
Items that require prior written approval for disposal
The following items may be accepted, with conditions, at King County's Cedar Hills Regional Landfill when accompanied by a waste clearance. See the waste clearance page for more information. Disposal locations are limited and special fees may apply.
- Items more than eight feet long
- Asbestos-containing waste – contact Puget Sound Clean Air Agency external link for removal, packaging and transportation information
- Contaminated soil
- Dead animals (over 15 lbs)
- Dense items: items that are bigger than 2 feet by 2 feet by 2 feet and weigh more than 200 lbs. Examples include safes, wood stoves, and large pieces of concrete.
- Excessively dusty or odorous wastes
- Home heating oil tanks or other underground storage tanks
- Industrial waste products
- Large quantities of food or beverages that must be destroyed
- Lengths of cable, wire, stranded wire rope, etc.
- Metal or plastic drums in quantities greater than one
- Needles and other sharps from clinics, dentists, etc. and other biomedical waste
Accepted for disposal at all facilities
- Latex paint that is dried out or solidified
- Printers, fax machines and scanners
- Polystyrene packing material ("peanuts") – must be bagged securely to prevent litter
- Small appliances such as microwaves and toasters
- Truck canopies – shell type only. No campers.
- Used oil filters – must be drained for 24 hours or crushed
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.