Secure Your Load

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All cargo nets have been claimed. Thank you for your interest in the cargo net giveaway.

In partnership with Washington State Department of Ecology, Kitsap County Public Works Solid Waste Division is giving away cargo nets to Kitsap County residents. Cargo nets can be used to help secure your loads during transport in open trucks and trailers.

We encourage you to add a cargo net, straps, rope and/or tarp to your tool kit for hauling safe loads! Most local hardware stores have tie down supplies available to purchase. 

Prevent Litter and Save Lives

Items that fall from vehicles make up about half the litter along roads. Litter affects all of Washington, including Kitsap. Every item that falls from a vehicle is dangerous, potentially deadly. Items falling from cars, trucks and trailers cause accidents every year. Because of this danger, Washington law (RCW 46.61.655) requires people to secure their cargo with netting, tarps or other tie-down material. Littering is punishable by fines. Falling debris that causes injury can result in a gross misdemeanor, including a fine and jail time. 

Don't let this happen to you. Be prepared with the tools you need to haul loads securely. Add a tarp, straps and rope to your auto's safety kit. You never know when you might need it.


Tips to Secure Your Load (Espanol - Consejos para Cargas Seguras)


• Place lighter items below heavier items to keep them in place. Securely fasten the heavy items directly to your vehicle.

• Tie down items using rope, netting, straps, or chains. Securely fasten large items directly to your vehicle.

• Add extra protection by covering the entire load with a tarp or netting. Make sure that all covering is securely tied down.

• Don’t overload vehicles or trailers.

• Double-check to be sure the load is secure.

• Speed, weight, and gravity are not load-securing devices. Ropes, straps, and netting are load securing devices.

Even if it's a short trip, you're going slow, or you're hauling items that seem heavy enough to stay put, securing your load is vital to keeping roads safe and litter free. So, whatever you're hauling — secure your load for safer roads.