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Background

A regional, multi-year planning effort led the King County Council to approve a plan in 2007 to replace the Algona Transfer Station. In 2012, the Solid Waste Division began a siting process for a new facility, and for the next few years conducted a community outreach effort including the formation of a Siting Advisory Committee, numerous community meetings, and the completion of an Environmental Impact Statement.

The decision to locate the new facility at 35101 West Valley Highway South, just north of the existing Algona Transfer Station, was made by King County in February 2017 (see news release).

King County is ready to design a new recycling and garbage transfer station that will better serve the community with more recycling options and improved services for the next 50 years.

Modernizing King County's recycling and garbage transfer system means this new facility will provide cleaner, safer and more efficient operations; expand customer options with easy-to-use recycling, yard waste, and garbage services; add a hazardous waste disposal service similar to the one at King County's Factoria station in Bellevue, and decrease wait times and traffic congestion.

The existing Algona Transfer Station will remain open throughout construction of the new facility.

  Recycling services at the new station will include:

  • Major appliances (refrigerant and non-refrigerant type)
  • Clean wood (unpainted, untreated, unstained)
  • Comingled recyclable materials (aluminum and tin cans, cardboard, glass bottles and jars, paper, and plastic containers such as bottles, cups, jugs, tubs and plant pots)  
  • Scrap metal
  • Textiles
  • Yard waste
Approximate service area of South King County Recycling and Transfer Station
Approximate service area of South King County Recycling and Transfer Station
Action alternative: 35101 W. Valley Highway S., Algona
Property at 35101 W Valley Hwy S in Algona selected for new recycling and transfer station
Aerial view of 35101 West Valley Highway S
35101 W Valley Highway S

Public involvement

Public involvement is essential in identifying and evaluating the best design for the new South County Recycling and Transfer Station. Public meetings and public comment opportunities are being scheduled in 2018 and 2019 for the preliminary design phase of the project. Stay tuned for public engagement dates, times, and locations. We look forward to connecting with you. You may also sign up for project alerts external link .

Project schedule

  Updated February 2019 (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 South, Algona, WA as location for new South County Recycling and Transfer Station.
May 2018 King County contracts with HDR, Inc. for preliminary facility design services
Nov. 2018 – Dec. 2019 Community input sought on facility
Nov. 29, 2018 First Design Advisory Group meeting – see meeting notes Download PDF 50 K
Dec. 12, 2018 Project Open House Download PDF 50 K – 6-8 p.m. Algona City Hall, 200 Washington Blvd., Algona external link to learn more about the project and provide your input on design.
Feb. 8 - June 2, 2019 Online open house – community members are invited to give their input on design of the new station. We'd like to hear your ideas on sustainable design features, services to be offered, and impacts and benefits to the community. Give your input now external link
Feb. 28, 2019 Second Design Advisory Group meeting – see meeting notes Download PDF 75 K
May 30, 2019 Third Design Advisory Group meeting
July 2019 Project Open House – date, time, and location to be determined
Aug. 22, 2019 Fourth Design Advisory Group meeting scheduled
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 (interim 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