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Fees - Solid Waste Disposal, Recycling, and Unsecured Loads

Payment methods accepted:
Cash, checks (payable to "KCSWD"), Visa® and MasterCard® (debit/credit)

Fees effective Jan. 1, 2013

King County
Basic Fee

Moderate Risk Waste Surcharge 1

WA State Refuse Tax (3.6%)

Total 2

Solid Waste Disposal Fees
Download the New Solid Waste Fees flier (PDF, 379 K)

Minimum Fee
(Covers up to 320 pounds)

$19.43

$1.81

$0.76

$22.00

Per-ton Fee

$120.17

$4.73

$4.50

$129.40

Charitable organizations
(To qualify for this fee, charitable organizations must meet the criteria as defined in King County Code, Title 10. Solid Waste, Chapter 10.04.020. )

Minimum fee

$15.08

$1.81

$0.61

$17.50

Per-ton fee

$92.55

$4.73

$3.50

$100.78

Special Waste
(With Waste Clearance only)

Minimum fee

$23.20

N/A

$0.84

$24.04

Per-ton fee

$145.00

N/A

$5.22

$150.22

Minimum handling charge3

$28.00

N/A

$1.01

$29.01

Per-ton handling charge3

$175.00

N/A

$6.30

$181.30

Recycling Fees

Appliances for recycling - limit three per load. No commercial appliances.
(Bow Lake, Enumclaw, Shoreline & Vashon only)

Refrigerant type appliances4

$30.00

N/A

N/A

$30.00

Other major appliances5

$10.00

N/A

N/A

$10.00

Clean wood for recycling – separate materials before arriving at the station
(Bow Lake, Enumclaw and Shoreline only)

Minimum fee
(Covers up to 320 pounds)

$12.00

N/A

N/A

$12.00

Per-ton fee

$75.00

N/A

N/A

$75.00

Electronics (CD, DVDs, & VCRs only) for recycling - limit ten per load
(Shoreline only)

CD, DVD, VCR Players

$5.00 each

N/A

N/A

$5.00 each

Fluorescent bulbs and tubes for recycling - Limit twelve of each type per load
(Shoreline only)

Per bulb or tube

$0.80

N/A

N/A

$0.80

Yard waste for recycling – separate materials before arriving at the station
(Bow Lake, Cedar Falls, Enumclaw and Shoreline only)

Minimum fee
(Covers up to 320 pounds)

$12.00

N/A

N/A

$12.00

Per-ton fee

$75.00

N/A

N/A

$75.00

Unsecured Load Fee $25 – strictly enforced
Visit the Secure Your Load page for more information about how to properly secure your load.

1 The King County Board of Health sets the surcharge amount, which funds hazardous waste programs throughout the county. The minimum hazardous waste surcharge is $1.81.
2 Total includes King County basic fee plus surcharge and tax.
3 The special waste handling charge is a new fee; it applies only to special waste, such as asbestos-containing material, that requires special clearances and extra handling for proper disposal. The handling fee, which is charged in place of the special waste fee, is intended to more accurately reflect the cost of disposing of these materials.
4 Fee is per appliance. Appliances that contain or contained refrigerants include refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and heat pumps.
5 Fee is per appliance. Other large appliances include stoves, washers, dryers, water heaters, dishwashers, and furnaces.

Additional Information

  • Garbage loads: The minimum fee covers the first 320 pounds. Passenger cars are charged a per entry fee of $22.00. 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.
  • Yard waste or clean wood loads for recycling: The minimum fee covers the first 320 pounds. Passenger cars are charged a per entry fee of $12.00. All other vehicles, including station wagons, vans, mini-vans, pickup trucks, recreational vehicles, all-terrain vehicles and sports utility vehicles, are weighed in and out and charged for actual weight recycled, based on the per-ton fee. Materials must be separated for recycling before arriving at the station.
  • Unsecured loads: King County Code 10.12.040 requires a fee to be charged to all vehicles with unsecured loads arriving at any transfer station or landfill in King County. State law (RCW 46.61.655) requires loads to be secured on every street, road or highway in the state. An unsecured load is a load of solid waste that has not been secured with tarps, rope, straps, netting, or chains so as to prevent the covering or any part of the load from becoming loose, detached or leaving the vehicle while the vehicle is moving. Gravity, speed, and weight are not load securing devices.

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Updated: Sep. 13, 2013


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