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Bow Lake Recycling & Transfer Station

Learn about the Bow Lake Recycling & Transfer Station in Tukwila. Find information on facility hours, accepted materials, fees, and more.

General information

The Bow Lake Recycling & Transfer Station provides recycling services and garbage disposal. The recycling area has different hours than the transfer station building. Be sure to check the hours of operation before arriving.

Download the Bow Lake Recycling & Transfer Station fact sheet to learn more about this facility.

Who can use this facility?

Customers must live or do business within King County’s service area to use this facility. Our service area does not include the cities of Seattle or Milton.

If you live or work in Seattle, visit Seattle Public Utilities for service information.

Payment methods

  • Credit card - Visa, Mastercard, and Discover
  • Cash
  • Apple Pay

Length limit for vehicles and trailers

Maximum combined length limit for vehicles plus trailers (bumper-to-bumper):

Secure your load

Be sure to secure your load before traveling. A load is secure when nothing can slide, shift, fall or sift onto the roadway or become airborne. We charge a $25 fee to any vehicle that arrives at our solid waste facilities with an unsecured load per King County Code 10.12.040.

Recycling services

Accepted materials

See all materials accepted at this facility

These materials are only accepted during recycle area hours:

  • Commingled recyclable materials
  • Appliances
  • Mercury-containing light bulbs and tubes
  • Textiles
  • Yard waste

Downloadable guides

Our recycling services vary by facility. Use these visual guides to see where to take your materials.

If you have questions about what is recyclable, call our solid waste information line at 206-477-4466.


Fees vary depending on the type of material and the weight of your load. If you are a ProviderOne, EBT, or ORCA LIFT customer you may also be eligible for our Cleanup LIFT discount. Visit our disposal fees page to see our current rates.

Disposal restrictions

We accept a wide range of materials at our facilities, but there are some restrictions for legal, operational, and safety reasons. Visit the disposal restrictions page for details.


We consolidate the garbage, then transport it to the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill for final disposal. Yard waste and recyclables are separated by type and distributed to local, national or international markets for processing into new products. Download our waste collection diagram for more info.
If you are unsure about what is recyclable, call the Solid Waste Information Line at 206-477-4466, or submit your question online.