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Project description

King County is designing and building a new recycling and garbage transfer station to replace the 1960s-era Algona Transfer Station. The new station will offer a full array of recycling services, hazardous waste disposal for households and qualifying business, sustainable building features, offsite wetlands improvements, on-site creek enhancements, public art, and other community benefits. King County will keep the existing Algona Transfer Station open throughout construction of the new facility.

Overall project schedule
(For more detail, see Project schedule)

Background

In 2007, the King County Council approved a plan developed by the King County Solid Waste Division and its partner cities to modernize the County's network of recycling and garbage transfer facilities. Since then, new facilities have been built in Shoreline, Tukwila, and Bellevue.

Efforts to replace the 1960s era Algona Transfer Station began in 2012 with the search for a suitable location for the new facility. In 2017, after evaluating several sites, holding many community meetings, and completing an Environmental Impact Statement, a location for the new station was chosen.

flyover video: 30% design of new South County Recycling and Transfer Station (YouTube)
Watch this flyover video Youtube showing 30% design of new South County Recycling and Transfer Station.
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Approximate service area of South King County Recycling and Transfer Station
Approximate service area of South King County Recycling and Transfer Station
Location of new South County Recycling and Transfer Station

The new South County Recycling and Transfer Station will be built at 35101 W Valley Hwy S external link , just north of the existing Algona Transfer Station.

Services, features, and benefits of new station

Services

100% of customers would use services offered at new South County Recycling & Transfer Station
  • Recycling: appliances, glass, metals, paper, plastics, wood, yard waste, and more
  • Hazardous waste disposal for products from homes and qualifying small businesses
  • Garbage disposal

Features

Top community concerns about South County Recycling & Transfer Station project
  • Green renewable energy
  • Charging station for electric vehicles
  • Creek restoration and habitat enhancements
  • Capture and use of rainwater
  • Sustainable materials with recycled content
  • Community compatible design with native, drought tolerant landscaping

Benefits

Top community benefits of the South County Recycling & Transfer Station
  • Apprenticeship and training opportunities
  • Local job creation and economic investments
  • More efficient customer experience
  • Environmental education
  • Public art
  • W. Valley Highway road improvements

Public involvement

Public involvement is essential in identifying and evaluating the best design for the new South County Recycling and Transfer Station. Representatives from south county cities, the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, business and residential neighbors, and solid waste hauling companies are advising the Solid Waste Division on the design of the new station. For information on their meetings, please see Design Advisory Group meeting minutes and related documents.

South county community members have been asked for their input on the project via an online open house and at community events.

Here's what we've heard so far…

100% of customers would use services to be offered at new station

  • Recycling: appliances, glass, metals, paper, plastics, wood, yard waste, and more
  • Hazardous waste disposal for products from homes and qualifying small businesses
  • Garbage disposal

Top three concerns of new station

  • Traffic
  • Odor
  • (Impacts to) Stream and wetlands

Top community benefits sought with new station

  • Job training/apprenticeships during construction
  • Walking/biking trail
  • Environmental education feature at the station

Please stay tuned for additional opportunities for public engagement on this project. You may also sign up for project alerts external link . If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to the Project manager.

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Project schedule

  Updated February 2020 (subject to change)

Date Actions/Events/Public Meetings
July 2012 – Sept. 2016 Potential locations for the new facility were identified, criteria to evaluate locations were developed, an Environmental Impact Statement was completed, and multiple community meetings were held. For a summary of activities and meetings on siting of the new facility, please see the Facility siting process page
Feb. 2017 King County selected a site at 35101 West Valley Highway S, Algona, WA as location for new South County Recycling and Transfer Station. See news release.
May 2018 King County contracts with HDR, Inc. for preliminary facility design services
Nov. 2018 – ongoing Community input sought on facility design and services
Nov. 29, 2018 First Design Advisory Group meeting – see meeting notes Download PDF 50 K
Dec. 12, 2018 Summary of Project Open House Download PDF 50 K – held at Algona City Hall, 200 Washington Blvd., Algona external link to community members to learn more about the project and provide input on design.
Feb. 8 - June 2, 2019 Online open house – community members were invited to give their input on design of the new station, including ideas on sustainable design features, services to be offered, and impacts and benefits to the community.
Feb. 28, 2019 Second Design Advisory Group meeting – see meeting notes Download PDF 75 K
May 30, 2019 Third Design Advisory Group meeting – see meeting notes Download PDF 275 K
Fall 2019 – winter 2020 Value Engineering Study, and environmental analysis and studies (noise, geotechnical, traffic, wetlands and stream) performed
Feb. 14, 2020 4Culture's Call for Artists external link to create public art for project
1st quarter 2020 30% design milestone – major design elements of the project are finalized
March 12, 2020 Fourth Design Advisory Group meeting
2nd quarter 2020 Project Open House to share facility design – date, time, and location to be determined
2020 - 2021 Final design
2021-2023 Construction of new facility
Late 2023 New facility opens to the public

Project documents

Final environmental impact statement

Draft environmental impact statement

Design Advisory Group meeting minutes & related documents

Project contacts

If you have questions or comments about the project, please contact the project manager or call the Solid Waste Division.

Project manager

Doug Chin contact info for Doug Chin – Project manager
King County Solid Waste Division
Telephone: 206-477-5217, TTY Relay: 711

King County Solid Waste Division
Telephone: 206-477-4466, TTY Relay: 711

Contact Us

 Call: 206-477-4466

TTY Relay: 711

Fax: 206-296-0197

King County Solid Waste Division mission: Waste Prevention, Resource Recovery, Waste Disposal