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Safety improvements at King County’s Algona, Houghton, and Renton transfer stations will divert longer vehicles to other stations starting May 2

Summary

Effective May 2, customer vehicles that are 25 feet or longer will be prohibited at King County’s Algona, Houghton, and Renton solid waste transfer stations. The restrictions are the result of new safety measures to keep customers outside a fall hazard zone and to reduce traffic congestion. Customers with long vehicles can instead use the Bow Lake, Factoria, Enumclaw and Shoreline transfer stations.

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New safety measures will go into effect May 2 prohibiting vehicles that are 25 feet or longer at King County’s Algona, Houghton, and Renton solid waste transfer stations. Customers with longer vehicles can drop off materials at the Bow Lake, Factoria, Enumclaw, and Shoreline recycling and transfer stations.

The safety improvements are necessary because concrete barriers installed at the Algona, Houghton, and Renton stations to keep customers outside a fall hazard area have reduced the length of the disposal stalls.

Large vehicles do not have enough room to safely maneuver inside these older, smaller stations, and they increase the risk of accidents and injuries to workers and customers. The Solid Waste Division is activating the safety measures before peak customer activity in late spring and summer. 

A 30-foot vehicle restriction is already in place at the Algona, Houghton, and Renton stations. Commercial haulers under contract to collect municipal waste will be exempt from the new restrictions. 

The Bow Lake, Factoria, Enumclaw, and Shoreline stations offer more services and can accommodate larger vehicles. They also offer discounted fees for recycling, including yard waste disposal. Customers can use the Check the Line website, which offers camera views at the Algona, Bow Lake, Factoria, Houghton, Renton, and Shoreline solid waste facilities.

Alternate stations for Algona customers

Bow Lake Recycling & Transfer Station

18800 Orillia Rd. S., Tukwila, WA 98118

Station Hours

  • Monday through Thursday: 24 hours
  • Friday: Midnight to 11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Recycle Area Hours

  • Monday through Friday: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Enumclaw Recycling & Transfer Station

1650 Battersby Ave. E., Enumclaw, WA 98022

Station Hours

  • Daily: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Alternate stations for Renton customers

Bow Lake Recycling & Transfer Station

18800 Orillia Rd. S., Tukwila, WA 98118

Station Hours

  • Monday through Thursday: 24 hours
  • Friday: Midnight to 11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Recycle Hours

  • Monday through Thursday: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Factoria Recycling & Transfer Station

13800 SE 32nd St., Bellevue, WA 98005

Station Hours

  • Monday through Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Alternate stations for Houghton customers

Factoria Recycling & Transfer Station

13800 SE 32nd St., Bellevue, WA 98005

Station Hours

  • Monday through Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Shoreline Recycling & Transfer Station

2300 N. 165th St., Shoreline, WA 98113

Station Hours

  • Monday through Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Algona, Houghton, and Renton stations have been in continuous operation for more than 50 years and have more traffic than they were designed to accommodate.

The Algona and Houghton stations are scheduled for replacement in the next few years. King County will begin construction on the South County Recycling and Transfer Station in 2023, with the new station opening in 2026. It will include new services, including recycling, yard waste drop-off, and hazardous waste disposal, which are not offered at the Algona station.

The Solid Waste Division is looking for a site for its Northeast Recycling and Transfer Station, which is scheduled to open in 2028.


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For more information, contact:

Annie Kolb-Nelson, Solid Waste Division, 206-477-5373