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Bow Lake Recycling & Transfer Station

New waste acceptance rules

New waste acceptance rules have been enacted at King County Solid Waste Division transfer stations, drop boxes, and the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill, Medical sharps, compressed gas tanks, and fluorescent light ballasts are no longer accepted in the garbage. Learn more


Recycle more! Place paper, bottles, cans, etc. in same bin.

Recycling keeps materials out of our landfill and conserves natural resources. At this recycling and transfer station, these materials can be placed together in the large blue recycling bins with the "Recyclable Materials" (PDF, 1 MB) signs near them: Paper; aluminum and tin (steel) cans; glass bottles and jars; plastic bottles and other plastic materials; and lids larger than 3 inches. All bottles, cans, and other food containers must be clean and empty.


Recycle mercury-containing light bulbs and tubes

Mercury-containing light bulbs and tubes, including fluorescent lights, are accepted for free recycling at this recycling and transfer station. There is a limit of 10 bulbs and tubes per person per day. Look for the sign detailing the different types of bulbs and tubes (PDF, 1 MB K) accepted through the LightRecycle Washington product stewardship program (external).


18800 Orillia Rd S (external map)
Transfer Station Driving Directions (PDF, 30 K)
Tukwila, WA 98188
Telephone: 206-477-4466 or 1-800-325-6165 ext. 74466
TTY relay: 711; Fax: 206-296-0197
Station hours (different from recycle area hours listed below):
Mon-Thurs: 24 hours a day
Fri: 12 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Sat and Sun: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Recycle area hours (different from station hours listed above):
Mon-Fri 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sat and Sun: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The following materials are accepted only during Recycle area hours:

For more information, see Recycling services.

This facility is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day

Recycling services

Materials Handled
 - Air Conditioners, Heat Pumps
 - Other Major Appliances
 - Refrigerators, Freezers
Construction and Demolition Debris
 - Wood
Fluorescent Lights
 - Fluorescent Light Bulbs
 - Fluorescent Light Tubes
 - Mattresses
 - Mixed Glass
Landscaping, Landclearing
 - Yard Waste
 - Aluminum Cans
 - Ferrous Metals
 - Nonferrous Metals
 - Steel, Tin Cans
Misc Household Items
 - Bicycles and Bicycle Parts
 - Pallets
 - Books
 - Cardboard
 - Mixed Paper
 - Newspaper
 - Office Paper
 - Phone Books
 - Polycoated Cardboard
 - Shredded Paper
 - Bottles, Jugs and Tubs
 - Packing Peanuts and Foam Blocks
 - Plastic Film and Grocery Bags
 - Medical Sharps
 - Clothing, Shoes, and Fabrics

If you are unsure about what is recyclable, call the King County Solid Waste Division for assistance 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 “Your Guide to King County Solid Waste Recycling and Transfer Facilities(PDF, 580 K).


See the disposal fees page for more detailed information.


Minimum fee
$24.25 per entry (includes basic fee, surcharge and tax)

Per ton
$144.34 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 $24.25. 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.

Unsecured loads
$25 – strictly enforced
Since 1994, in accordance with state law RCW 70.93.097 (external) 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.


Refrigerant type appliances – limit 3 per load
$30 per appliance – includes appliances that contain or contained refrigerants such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and heat pumps. Appliances must be empty.

Other large appliances – limit 3 per load
$10 per appliance – includes stoves, washers, dryers, hot water heaters, dishwashers, and furnaces. Appliances must be empty.

Clean wood and yard waste
Minimum fee
$12.00 per entry (covers up to 320 lbs.)

Per ton fee
$75.00 per ton

Payment methods accepted

  • Visa® and 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.

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) 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.
  • Liquids
  • Motor vehicles and major vehicle parts
  • Paint – no liquid latex or oil-based paint (dried out or solidified latex paint is okay)
  • Propane tanks
  • Televisions

Not accepted for disposal, but accepted for recycling at some facilities. Fees apply for some items.

Visit the What Do I Do With…? website, call the King County Solid Waste Division or contact us online if you have questions about recycling or disposal options for these materials.

  • Large appliances – includes refrigerators, hot water heaters, stoves, etc. (accepted at Bow Lake, Enumclaw, 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), 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. See the Take it Back Network for additional recycling options.
  • 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)

Accepted for disposal with restrictions

Visit the What Do I Do With…? website, call the King County Solid Waste Division or contact us online about disposal options for these materials

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. See the Take it Back Network for mattress recycling options.

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) 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
  • Yard waste – accepted as garbage at all stations. Accepted for recycling – at a reduced fee at Bow Lake, Cedar Falls, Enumclaw and Shoreline stations if separated from garbage. Branches and trees must be 4 inches in diameter or less, and less than 8 feet long.

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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.

Transfer station construction projects

Visit the transfer station construction projects page to see if there are any current projects that may affect your visit.

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Fact sheet for Bow Lake Recycling & Transfer Station (PDF)

Just the facts

Download a fact sheet (PDF, 250 K) for the Bow Lake Recycling & Transfer Station.

secure your load for safer roads

Secure your load

Vehicles arriving with unsecured loads at public or private transfer stations in King County can be charged an unsecured load fee.

Updated: Dec. 20, 2016

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