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Algona location picked for recycling and transfer station to replace aging facility

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A new recycling and transfer station for south King County customers will be built on land adjacent the 50-year-old Algona Transfer Station and offer a wide range of recycling and disposal services that the old facility can’t provide.

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King County will build a new recycling and transfer station for south King County residents and customers on land adjacent the existing facility in Algona, which has been in operation for more than 50 years and is past its engineered lifespan.

The new recycling and transfer station will be located at 35101 W. Valley Highway S. in Algona. With the siting decision made, King County will now analyze options for design and construction of the facility, which is expected to begin operations in 2022 and cost an estimated $100 million to design and build.

“Constructing a replacement facility for the aging Algona Transfer Station enables the County to continue making critical updates to its transfer system, while enhancing services to customers in south King County,” said Pat McLaughlin, King County Solid Waste Division Director. 

Features of the new facility will include:

• Adequate room for recycling services;
• An enclosed building to control odor, noise, and dust;
• Adequate space for vehicles on the site;
• Trash compactors to accurately and efficiently load collected garbage; and
• Landscaping and design features that help the facility be more compatible with the surrounding neighborhood. 

The decision to build the new facility in Algona comes after SWD conducted an extensive siting process that has included an analysis of numerous potential sites in communities throughout south King County.

The division also completed an Environmental Impact Statement that evaluated potential impacts that siting, constructing, and operating a new recycling and transfer station would have on both the built and natural environments.

King County worked closely with city partners and stakeholders and conducted a public involvement process, including public meetings and open houses.

Locating the new facility in Algona was recommended because it will:

• Minimize impacts to the routes of commercial waste haulers;
• Minimize further delays in implementation of the project; and
• Have a terrain suitable for accommodating the multi-level transfer building and take advantage of materials left behind by a former sand and gravel mine.

King County operates eight transfer stations, two drop-boxes, the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill, and many programs to help customers recycle. Learn more about the Solid Waste Division at www.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste.