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King County considers four potential sites for its Northeast Recycling and Transfer Station set to open in late 2027

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King County’s Solid Waste Division has identified four properties in Kirkland, Woodinville and Redmond for further study in its search for a site for the new Northeast Recycling and Transfer Station, which is set to open to the public in 2027.

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Four properties in Kirkland, Woodinville and Redmond will advance for further study as King County’s Solid Waste Division seeks a site for its Northeast Recycling and Transfer Station, which is scheduled to open to the public in late 2027.

The candidate sites under consideration are:

  • An undeveloped property at 11811 Willows Rd NE (the intersection of Willows Road NE and NE 124th St.) in Redmond.
  • The Winsome Trading property at 16111 Woodinville-Redmond Rd in Woodinville.
  • The current Houghton Transfer Station property at 11724 NE 60th St. in Kirkland.
  • The Houghton Park-and-Ride property at 7024 116th in Kirkland.

King County sent a mailer to 115,000 homes in mid-January inviting community members to take an online survey through Feb. 9 to share their insights about these four properties. The number of sites will be narrowed in the next couple of months. Community input will help inform which sites the County selects for further study in an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) set for publication in late 2021.

The new facility will have improved transfer and loading systems to reduce truck trips, be enclosed to prevent odors, and will make recycling and waste disposal more accessible and convenient for customers who now must drive more than 30 minutes for these services. The project will generate an estimated 1,000 during design and construction, and offer opportunities for apprenticeships and family-wage jobs in the skilled trades.

Two or three sites will be studied in the EIS to evaluate the potential environmental and community impacts of the proposed project. The environmental review process includes robust opportunities for public engagement, and the public will be invited to submit comments on the proposed alternatives that will be considered by the project team. King County has not yet identified a preferred alternative, nor is the County prepared to acquire or make offers on any properties at this time.

The four properties were identified after King County’s technical team consulted with representatives from the cities of Redmond, Sammamish, Woodinville, Kirkland, and unincorporated north King County, as well as community members representing diverse interests and backgrounds on a Siting Advisory Group convened last fall. City representatives helped develop the criteria the project team used to narrow the list of sites to the four study site candidates. For information about the Northeast Recycling and Transfer Station Project, please visit www.kingcounty.gov/northeast or call King County’s Solid Waste Division at 206-477-4466 or 711 TTY.