County Council restores recycling operations at Shoreline Transfer Station

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Shoreline Transfer Station
Shoreline Area News photo

On Monday, the Metropolitan King County Council approved legislation that will allow recycling operations to resume at several transfer stations across King County in 2013, including the Shoreline transfer station and the Houghton transfer station in Kirkland.

“I heard from many residents in my district who valued recycling, and were concerned about the closure of this service at County facilities,” said Councilmember Bob Ferguson, who represents Shoreline and part of Kirkland. “After listening to their concerns, I worked with Executive Constantine to bring recycling back.”

Recycling services at Shoreline, Houghton, and other King County transfer stations were shut down in February as part of an effort to reduce costs. The Council’s action today to reopen recycling at its transfer stations responds to residents who expressed concerns about not providing recycling services.  

The legislation approved by the Council today adopts a commercial solid waste disposal rate through 2014 of $120.17 per ton. The new rate is an increase from the current $109 per ton rate. It is estimated that new rate will cost the average single-family household an additional 65 cents per month, resulting in a 3.5% increase in the average monthly residential solid waste bill. 


Anonymous,  September 25, 2012 at 4:24 PM  

I support this increase, though I'm a retired fixed income resident of Shoreline. I have recycled intensively for over 40 years, and was an original grantee of the 'zero can rate' in Seattle in the 1970's, meaning I generated so little actual garbage they agreed I didn't need it picked up.

I hope there will be additional opportunities for recycling, /without/ additional governmental increases in cost. It really costs no more to fix it than to trash it, or if it does, we should fix that.

As a retired State employee, I can say 'we pay enough already"! Reduce the State cost, and we'll all be good, /and/ encouraged to recycle.

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