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King County seeks information on environmentally innovative uses for industrial property on Harbor Island


King County’s Solid Waste Division invites parties interested in leasing industrial space on Harbor Island in Seattle to respond to a request for information that could help develop a large-scale reuse and recycling operation. Responses are due Dec. 10.


To spur innovation in construction and demolition materials recycling and salvage, King County’s Solid Waste Division issued a request for information from parties potentially interested in leasing the former Fisher Flour Mill, a 12.8-acre industrial property on Harbor Island in Seattle.  

King County hopes the information received will lead to development of a Resource Recovery Innovation Park to make the recycling, processing and salvaging of materials such as clean wood more convenient and economically feasible, and to increase markets for recycled and salvaged products. 

However, King County is also open to the potential for other environmentally beneficial uses that support its goal to achieve zero waste of resources, as specified in King County Code, the King County Strategic Climate Action Plan, the 2019 Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan, and the Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan.   

Though the construction industry contributes significantly to the region’s economy, waste generated by developers, remodelers, builders, and other construction operations totals about a million tons annually, or about a third of all the solid waste in King County. 

Over 328,000 tons of untreated and unpainted waste wood was generated in Seattle and King County in 2017. Since 2016, the County has banned landfill disposal of clean wood and other readily recyclable construction and demolition materials, requiring these materials to be recycled instead. This request for information is seeking innovative proposals for higher and better uses of clean wood.

The request for information asks respondents to provide a company overview, history and qualifications. There are also specific questions about proposed uses for certain buildings and facilities, infrastructure and facility needs, and lease rates information.

A pre-bid conference for potential applicants has been scheduled for Dec. 3 at 9 a.m. on the third floor of the Chinook Building, 401 5th Ave., Seattle. Alternately, interested applicants can call 206-263-8114, conference ID: 4304561.

Information request responses will be accepted until Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. Specific inquiries can be directed to Procurement and Payables Section Buyer Megan Saunders by calling 206-263-6813.   
Annie Kolb-Nelson, Department of Natural Resources and Parks, 206-477-5373

About the King County Solid Waste Division
The Solid Waste Division provides environmentally responsible solid waste transfer and disposal services in King County. The division operates eight transfer stations, two rural drop boxes, and the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill – the only operational landfill in the county. Our stakeholders include residents and business owners in unincorporated King County and 37 cities throughout the county. We work closely with our stakeholders to continue our national leadership in waste prevention, resource recovery, and waste disposal.