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Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station receives ‘Green Project of the Year’ award

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King County’s recently completed Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station redevelopment project has been awarded the “Green Project of the Year” by the Northwest Construction Consumer Council.

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The Factoria factoria_front_door_2017 Recycling and Transfer Station redevelopment project has received the “Green Project of the Year” award from the Northwest Construction Consumer Council.

Judges cited the project’s commitment to sustainable design and construction, as well as the innovative use of recycled materials, enhanced recycling services for customers, and the projected LEED Gold certification as reasons for the award.

A multi-year project, the new facility offers a wide array of recycling services, a new household hazardous waste facility that allows customers a place to dispose of these materials in an environmentally-responsible way, and two pre-load compactors that increase the efficiency of loads transported to the landfill by about 30 percent, thereby reducing the number of transfer trailer truck trips to and from the station.

“We are thrilled to receive this award,” Solid Waste Division Director Pat McLaughlin said. “From the very beginning of this project we have held ourselves to a high standard of constructing a sustainable facility with a low environmental impact. To be recognized by the Northwest Construction Consumer Council is truly an honor.”

The Factoria transfer station has sustainable design features that improve energy efficiency, including translucent skylights and window panels that allow natural light into the building, rainwater harvesting, recycled content building materials such as steel, asphalt, and concrete, and landscaping with drought-tolerant plants.

King County operates eight transfer stations, two drop-boxes, the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill, and many programs to help customers recycle. Learn more about the Solid Waste Division at kingcounty.gov/solidwaste.