The rule of thumb for recycling is that items should be larger than the size of your palm. Smaller items can fall through sorting conveyor belts and are disposed as garbage. Shredded paper in cardboard boxes or paper bags can get loose in recycling trucks and at recycling centers and cause contamination. Shredded paper is no longer accepted at Yakima County Landfills or in curbside recycling. Shredded paper can be dropped off a Central Washington Recycling in Yakima.
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In May of 2005, Yakima County passed an unsecured load ordinance (Yakima County Code Section 6.02.030) to help prevent roadside litter and to encourage the safe transport of material over our roadways. The Yakima County unsecured load fee can be $5.75 or $17 depending on the capacity of your vehicle. Washington State also has an unsecured load fine which is $228 and an additional fine for littering which can range from $50 to $5,000 depending on the size of the item. Find out more about loads and fees from the