Secure Your Load, It's the Law

"Don't Trash Arizona" is a campaign that Arizona implemented to bring awareness to the dangers of material coming off of vehicles when they are not properly secured. The law requires a load to be secured. "A person shall not drive or move a vehicle on a highway unless the vehicle is constructed or loaded in a manner to prevent any of its load from dropping, sifting, leaking or otherwise escaping from the vehicle." (A.R.S. 28-1098.A).

Large items should be properly secured to ensure they will not come out of the vehicle. Tarps are perfect for keeping most debris, such as landscape trimmings, dirt, rock and concrete, from spilling out on to the roads in and around the City.

Don't Trash Arizona offers tips for motorists to keep the roadways clear of dangerous debris:

-Tie It Down. Large and heavy items should be firmly secured with solid straps, rope, bungee cords, or netting. These items should be tied down directly to the vehicle and be able to withstand winds of 70 mph on the freeway. At 70 mph, that wind is providing about a 20-lbs-per-square-foot push on those loads, which can dislodge items and push them right off the vehicle.

-Cover It Up. For loose, lighter items such as couch cushions, appliances and patio chairs, drivers should use a sturdy plastic or canvas tarp or netting to keep items in place.

-Don't Overload. Keep materials level with the truck bed or trailer unless tied down, netted or covered with a tarp.

The Prescott City Code requires that any load coming into the Transfer Station be contained and covered. All unsecured and uncovered loads are assessed a $20 fee at the scale house. Customers with unsecured or uncovered loads will not be permitted to secure the load and reenter the Transfer Station on the same day, but will be asked to return with a properly covered or secured load at a minimum of 24 hours later. This is an effort to reduce debris on roads and highways in and around the City.

Let's all do our part to keep Prescott clean.

For further information, contact the City of Prescott Transfer Station at (928) 777-1116.


  • City Management
  • John Heiney
  • Community Outreach Manager
  • City Hall

    201 S Cortez St

  • 928-777-1220


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