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News Release

Martha Lou Wheatley-Billeter, MPA
Public Works Information and Outreach Manager
Office: 509-477-7195

Regional Solid Waste System Adds Fee
for Unsecured Loads at Transfer Stations

Begins Thursday, January 30, 2020

SPOKANE COUNTY, January 29, 2020 – As January’s snow has been washed away, you may have noticed the amount of litter that disfigures our roads and highways.  Much of that litter is unintentional and due to trash, etc. flying out from unsecured loads.  More importantly, unsecured loads can be unsafe for the driver and other motorists.

Washington State Law, Spokane County code, and City of Spokane code require that, “All loads arriving at any county-owned or operated system disposal site must be covered or secured so as to prevent any solid waste being transported from unintentionally falling or being blown out of the vehicle.” (WA RCW 70.93.097, County Code 8.56.330, City Code 13.02.0570).

After a year of educating drivers on what is a secured/unsecured load, the Spokane County Regional Solid Waste System and the City of Spokane will begin assessing a fee for all unsecured loads passing through the transfer stations.  The fee is $5 for vehicles under 8,000 lbs. and $10 for vehicles over 8,000 lbs.  The fee will go into effect on Thursday, January 30, 2020.  

Drivers can do their part to keep our roadways clean and safe by being Load Warriors!  (See attached logo.)  For more information, go to www.spokanecountysolidwaste.org.

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