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Bellevue-King County solid waste agreement helps keep rates low, enhances customer service


The City of Bellevue’s decision to remain in the King County solid waste system until 2040 helps ensure disposal rates will remain as low as possible throughout the county, and helps the King County Solid Waste Division provide its customers with a wide array of solid waste disposal and recycling services.


The City of Bellevue is extending its interlocal agreement with the King County Solid Waste Division until 2040 – ensuring the County’s ability to provide efficient and responsible disposal and recycling services to customers, while keeping costs low.

With the addition of Bellevue, 33 of the county’s 39 cities have committed to remaining in the system through 2040.

“We appreciate having the City of Bellevue remain a partner and adviser as we continue to provide efficient and responsible disposal and recycling services,” King County Solid Waste Division Director Pat McLaughlin said.

“Maintaining a connected and inclusive solid waste system is important for our region, and will allow us to continue providing excellent services while keeping costs low for our customers,” McLaughlin said.

“Solid waste customers expect efficient and effective government that works well together, and with this agreement, we are providing just that,” said King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci.  “I have worked on both sides of these negotiations – as a former Bellevue Councilmember and Mayor, and now as a King County Councilmember representing Bellevue.

“By keeping Bellevue in the system, this agreement will ensure the lowest possible rates for all solid waste customers while also ensuring that Bellevue residents can continue to use the newly-upgraded Factoria transfer station in their own city – which they helped pay for – and be able to access it for the foreseeable future,” Balducci said.

“This is a win-win for Bellevue, King County and our partners in the regional solid waste system,” said Bellevue Mayor John Stokes. “Bellevue’s decision to stay in the regional system benefits the city and the region by providing ratepayers with cost-effective solid waste services until 2040.”

King County operates eight transfer stations, two drop-boxes, the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill, and many programs to help customers recycle.

Dedicated on Oct. 23, the new Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station improves King County’s regional waste management system by bringing modern technologies, operational efficiencies, and enhanced services to the Eastside.

Factoria offers a wide array of recycling services, including major appliances, yard waste, clean wood, scrap metal, commingled recyclables, textiles, and more.

Learn more about the Solid Waste Division at