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Siting advisory committee meeting on Oct. 14 kicks off new recycling and transfer station project in north King County

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King County’s Solid Waste Division will host its first siting advisory committee meeting for the Northeast Recycling and Transfer Station Project via Zoom on Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Community members with an interest in the project are invited to attend and observe.

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A new recycling and garbage transfer station is planned for northeast King County in 2027, and King County’s Solid Waste Division is hosting the first of 10 siting advisory committee meetings set for Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom. The meeting link will be posted to the project website in advance of the meeting. 

The committee is comprised of 28 members that represent local businesses, community groups, schools, nonprofits, environmental interests, as well as the cities of Woodinville, Redmond, Kirkland, Sammamish, and unincorporated King County. The committee’s purpose is to make sure community interests and values are considered by the technical team working to identify a feasible location for the station. Committee members will assist in developing criteria that will be used to evaluate sites, and help inform which sites should be further studied in an environmental impact statement set to be published in 2022.

The public is invited to watch the committee meetings to stay informed about the project, and to learn how community input is being considered through the process. Though attendees won’t be able to engage directly with the committee during the meetings, King County will ensure the public has opportunities to provide input that will also be considered during the process to site and design this new station.

King County’s Northeast Recycling and Transfer Station is being built to replace the 60-year-old Houghton Transfer Station in Kirkland, which offers limited recycling services and lacks the capacity to meet the needs of the area’s growing population. Many people in northeast King County now have to drive 30 minutes or more to access some types of recycling services.

The Northeast Recycling and Transfer Station will be a modern, enclosed facility that meets the latest environmental standards and best practices, and public input will help King County understand community concerns and priorities related to station location and design.

To get project updates and sign up for the mailing list, please visit www.kingcounty.gov/northeast or call King County’s Solid Waste Division at 206-477-4466 or 711 TTY.