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Reminder: Following safety improvements, customer vehicles 25 feet or longer at King County’s Algona, Houghton Renton transfer stations

Summary

King County solid waste transfer station customers with vehicles that are 25 feet in length or longer should use the Bow Lake, Enumclaw, Factoria or Shoreline transfer stations, following completion of important safety upgrades completed at the Algona, Houghton and Renton facilities to protect customers from fall hazards.

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King County Solid Waste customers with vehicles 25 feet or longer should use the county’s Bow Lake, Factoria, Enumclaw or Shoreline recycling and transfer stations. New safety measures installed at the Algona, Houghton, and Renton facilities means those locations can no longer accept over-length vehicles, and customers will be turned away.

The safety improvements, including new concrete barriers, are designed to keep customers outside of fall hazard areas, but also reduced the length of the disposal stalls. Longer vehicles don’t have enough room to safely maneuver inside the older, smaller stations, increasing the risk of accidents and injuries to workers and customers.

Acknowledging the potential inconvenience to customers unaware of the new rule, King County will provide customers who are diverted to another facility with a voucher good for a one-time $14 discount off their disposal fee at the Bow Lake, Factoria, Enumclaw, or Shoreline recycling and transfer stations. Vouchers will be available until June 15.

The Solid Waste Division enacted the safety measures before peak customer activity started this summer.

King County’s Bow Lake, Factoria, Enumclaw and Shoreline facilities offer more services and can accommodate larger vehicles. These stations also offer discounted fees for recycling, including yard waste disposal. Customers can use the Check the Line feature to plan their transfer station trips. 

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

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