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Public input wanted to help site a new recycling and garbage transfer station in northeast King County

Summary

King County’s Solid Waste Division seeks the public’s input in identifying a location for a new, modern recycling and garbage transfer station scheduled to begin operating in northeast King County in 2027. Applications are now being accepted through Oct. 5 for seats on a Siting Advisory Committee that will meet monthly from October 2020 to June 2021.

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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 seeks public participation in the process to site and design the new facility.

King County is currently recruiting community members from Kirkland, Redmond, Woodinville, Sammamish, and the northeast portion of unincorporated King County to join a Siting Advisory Committee, which will meet virtually each month from October 2020 to June 2021. This committee will act as community liaisons and provide guidance as King County chooses a location and develops a design for the Northeast Recycling and Transfer Station, which will replace the aging and limited Houghton Transfer Station in Kirkland. The new station will improve access to garbage and recycling services for area residents and businesses, and offer recycling services that are currently unavailable at the 60-year-old Houghton station. 

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. 

The location of the new recycling and transfer station has not been determined yet. Throughout the site selection, design, and development of the new transfer station, King County will prioritize input and oversight from communities and organizations that have been underrepresented or excluded from government processes in the past, particularly Black, Indigenous, and immigrant communities, and people with disabilities. 

The Siting Advisory Committee will serve as an advisory group representing a variety of interests and perspectives in Northeast King County, with special emphasis on members who represent historically underserved and underrepresented communities. The committee will help develop and apply site selection criteria, identify community concerns and impacts, create public awareness of the project, provide general review and input, and express opinions and preferences to King County decision-makers.

For information about the Northeast Recycling and Transfer Station Project and applying for a Siting Advisory Committee seat, please visitwww.kingcounty.gov/northeast or call King County’s Solid Waste Division at 206-477-4466 or 711 TTY. 

Deadline for Siting Advisory Committee applications is Monday, Oct. 5.