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Fee for Uncovered Load

The fine for transporting an unsecured load is $216.

Driving with an unsecured load is against Washington state law. If an item falls off a vehicle and causes bodily harm, the driver faces gross misdemeanor charges and penalties of up to $5,000 and/or up to a year in prison.

You will be charged an additional fee for uncovered or unsecured loads at all private and public Recycling and Disposal Stations.

How do I secure a load?

  • Cover your load with a tarp. Covering your load with a tarp and then securely fastening the tarp to the vehicle is good way to ensure that your load is secure.
  • Tie down using rope, netting, straps, or chains. Tie large items directly to your vehicle. Make sure that any covering is securely tied down.
  • Put lighter items lower and place heavier items on top to help keep them in place and secure the heavy items to your vehicle.
  • Don’t overload your vehicle.
  • Double-check that your load is secure.
     

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Special or Hazardous Items
Reduce, Reuse & Exchange
Household Hazardous Waste