Washington’s King County dedicates recycling and transfer station

Washington’s King County dedicates recycling and transfer station

Redeveloped Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station in Bellevue designed to enhance recycling and disposal options.

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October 25, 2017
Waste Today Staff
Municipal / IC&I

King County, Washington, officially dedicated its Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station in Bellevue, Washington. Customers now have more recycling and disposal options than ever, the county says in a news release.

Replacing a 1960s-era facility, the new station features new technology designed to reduce environmental impacts and improve customer service.

“I am committed to improving the efficiency and quality of the services we provide to county residents, and this new station delivers,” says King County Executive Dow Constantine. “In just one example, the new compactors at Factoria improved the efficiency of each trailer hauled from this station, which translates into fewer trucks on the road and reduced climate pollution.”

Located at 13800 SE 32nd St. in Bellevue, the new facility offers a wide array of recycling services for major appliances, yard waste, clean wood, scrap metal, commingled recyclables, textiles and more.

Additionally, a new household hazardous waste (HHW) facility allows customers a place to dispose of their HHW materials in an environmentally responsible way.

Garbage disposal services were not disrupted during the three-year reconstruction project, which included the demolition and removal of the old facility, the building of a new retention wall and the installation of public art.

Recycling and garbage disposal services at Factoria are available Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. HHW disposal services are available Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

This redevelopment project moves the County ahead by bringing efficiencies and enhancing service. In addition to areas for recycling and HHW disposal, key features of the new solid waste transfer building include:

  • a flat-floor design that allows for easier unloading of garbage, better traffic flow and expanded capacity that help reduce customer wait times; and
  • sustainable design features, including translucent skylights and window panels that allow natural light into the building,  that improve energy efficiency as well as 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.