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Help prevent accidents and keep litter off our roadways. Unsecure loads can be deadly, yet we still regularly see items flying out of the back of vehicles on roadways.

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Tips to help you keep your load covered and secure

  • Lighter goes lower
  • Tie it down
  • Don’t overload
  • Always double-check

  • Stock Up

    Stock Up

    Keep cargo nets, tarps, ropes, bungee cords, or straps in your truck to make sure you always have what you need to secure your cargo. You may need tie down hooks or eye bolts on your vehicle as well.

  • Strap Down

    Strap Down

    Securely fasten all large items directly to your vehicle, including tarps and covers.

  • Seal Tight and Cover

    Seal Tight and Cover

    Make sure boxes, bags, and garbage cans are tightly closed and covered to keep contents from blowing away.

  • Get Organized

    Get Organized

    Lay tall items flat and put lighter cargo at the bottom of the load so heavier objects can hold them down.

  • Follow Through

    Follow Through

    Run straps through and around items—especially large items like hand trucks, ladders, furniture, and mattresses.

  • Tidy Up

    Tidy Up

    Remove any loose pieces of trash from your truck, trailer, or boat that could blow out while driving.

  • Check Regularly

    Check Regularly

    Nothing you’re hauling should be able to slide, shift, or fall out. If you hear whipping or rattling sounds while driving, stop in a safe place and check your cargo.

    Before leaving home, ask yourself the following questions:

    1. Would I feel safe if I were driving behind MY vehicle?
    2. Is the load covered and secure on the top, back and sides?
    3. What would happen if I needed to swerve or stop suddenly?

    pickup carrying load covered with tarp

    Obey the law

    To prevent litter and injury, the state of Washington and local ordinances require all loads being hauled to be secured and covered. Under these rules, any load with visible unsecured waste will be subject to a surcharge at the transfer station.

    We all have a part to play in keeping our roads safe and litter free. To avoid unnecessary fees and to protect our community, always secure your self-hauled garbage and recycling. The Washington Department of Ecology offers tips on securing your load.

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