New recycling and garbage transfer station coming to south King County in 2023

New recycling and garbage transfer station coming to south King County in 2023

A new recycling and garbage transfer station is coming to south King County in 2023 that will replace the outdated Algona Transfer Station. The King County Solid Waste Division is seeking public input on design features for the new station. By giving your input, you will help ensure the new facility is designed so that day-to-day operations and services best serve you, your neighbors, and the local businesses in your community. 

We want your input. Please fill out survey below by June 2, 2019.

You will need to provide your email and name to participate.

Project Description

The King County Solid Waste Division is designing a new facility to replace the aging Algona Transfer Station. The new facility will be located at 35101 W. Valley Highway S., in Algona, just north of the current station. The location was chosen after a multi-year siting and environmental review process that began in 2012. 

Project schedule
 

The new station will be more convenient for residents in and around the cities of Algona, Auburn, Federal Way, and Pacific to recycle and safely dispose of garbage and hazardous waste. The project will also include re-

alignment and repaving of a portion of West Valley Highway S, installation of new sidewalks along the highway, stream enhancements, better stormwater management, and public art. 

Project Schedule

The project is currently in the preliminary design phase, which will last through January 2020. Final design is scheduled for 2020-2021. 

The construction phase will span 2021-2023, with the new facility expected to open in late 2023.

If you have questions about the project, or would like a project team member to meet with you or a group you represent, please contact Project Manager Doug Chin at (206) 477-5217 or [email protected]

Location of the new facility 

The new facility will be located at 35101 West Valley Highway S. in Algona, just north of the current facility it will replace. Key characteristics of the site include:

  • Size: Site is 18.9 acres. Ten acres are buildable land and 9 acres are unbuildable primarily due to steep slopes.
  • Critical Areas: Steep slopes, streams, and wetlands.
  • Zoning: City of Algona C-3 Heavy Commercial and Open Space/Critical Areas.
  • Current Use: Partially vacant; developed portion is leased by King County to a landscape supplier.
  • Surrounding Uses: Residential to the west, landscape construction contractor and other commercial uses to the north, West Valley Highway S and SR-167 to the east, and the current Algona Transfer Station to the south.
As King County designs, constructs, and operates the new facility, we recognize there will be potential impacts to the community. Please select your top three concerns.
Noise
Odor
Pests (birds, rats, etc.)
Property values
Slope stability
Stream and wetlands
Traffic
Visual impacts
Wildlife
Closed to responses
Do you have suggestions to reduce potential impacts that will help guide the design of the new facility? If so, please describe.
Closed for Comments

Services planned at the new facility

The new facility will offer services similar to those currently offered at King County’s other newly built facilities and to provide for future needs. Planned services include:

  • Recyclables: Cardboard, glass bottles and jars, cans, paper, plastic containers, scrap metal, major appliances, yard waste, clean (untreated) wood, bicycles and bicycle parts, and textiles.
  • Hazardous waste disposal – Common items used in homes and small businesses such as oil-based paint, fluorescent lights, pesticides, batteries, household cleaners, propane tanks, etc.
  • Garbage: From households and commercial garbage collection companies.

Which services are you most likely to use? (Check all that apply)
Recycling
Hazardous waste disposal
Garbage
None
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Sustainable design features 

King County’s other recently built recycling and garbage transfer facilities were designed to include many features that improve energy efficiency, save water, and use recycled content building materials.

Solar panels installed at Bow Lake Station

 

Some of the sustainable green features being considered for this new station include:

  • Environmentally-friendly, locally manufactured, and recycled content building materials.
  • Rainwater harvesting: Collecting and storing rainwater for use in washing down station floors and equipment, and for flushing toilets.
  • Natural daylighting: Translucent windows to allow natural daylight to light work areas as much as possible, which reduces energy needs.
  • Water conservation: Low-flow fixtures, rainwater harvesting, native vegetation and drought resistant plants.  
  • Renewable energy production: Solar panels to help the facility produce as much energy as it uses and reduce operations costs.
What sustainable or green building features would you like to see as part of this development project? Please describe.
Closed for Comments

Public art

In 1973, King County adopted legislation creating the 1% for Art Program. The program allocates 1% of funds from County capital construction projects for public art. Public art associated with King County construction projects is managed by 4Culture, the county's cultural services agency. 4Culture collaborates with artists and County stakeholders to bring art into the everyday lives of residents and visitors. More information about the agency can be found at www.4culture.org

Public artists work in many ways, with a wide range of approaches and artistic media. To inform how an artist might approach creating artwork for this station, what do you think would be helpful to know about life and environmental stewardship in Algona and South King County?
Closed for Comments

Community benefits

The new South County Recycling and Transfer Station will include a number of community benefits such as:

  • New recycling and household hazardous waste disposal services
  • An enclosed garbage transfer building that minimizes noise, dust and odors
  • Larger unloading areas and more efficient traffic flow to reduce customer wait times
  • Re-alignment and repaving along a portion of West Valley Highway S. to improve traffic and installation of new sidewalks to improve pedestrian safety
  • Enhancements and restoration of Algona Creek
  • Better stormwater management
  • Public art
  • Improved site landscaping 

 

In addition to the improvements listed above, there may be space for other community benefits as part of this new development. What would you like to see?
Walking or bicycling trail
Community meeting space
Feature that supports environmental education
Job training/apprenticeships during facility construction
Closed to responses
Do you have suggestions for community benefits as part of this facility development? If so, please describe.
Closed for Comments
Please tell us a little about yourself to help us better understand your input. I use King County’s recycling and transfer stations as:
A residential customer
A business customer
Both as a residential and as a business customer
I never use a recycling or transfer station
Closed to responses
What is your zipcode?
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Where do you live in King County?
City of Algona
City of Auburn
City of Federal Way
City of Pacific
Unincorporated King County
Other
Closed to responses

Thank you for your input!

Your comments are important and will help King County understand what customers and residents value and want to see in the new South County Recycling and Transfer Station.

 

If you have questions about the project, or would like a project team member to meet with you or a group you represent, please contact Project Manager Doug Chin at (206) 477-5217 or [email protected].

Visit the project website at kingcounty.gov/south-county for more information.