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Community meeting on waste transfer station replacement July 11

If you're among  area residents wondering why King County is so keen about building a new recycling and transfer station on the south end and how such a station might affect the environment, here's your chance to get it.

The Solid Waste Division (SWD) of King County's Department of Natural Resources and Parks has scheduled a community meeting to provide information about the proposed replacement for the aging Algona transfer station at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 11, at the Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 9th St. S.E.

Speakers representing cities, residents, the County, commercial garbage haulers and the Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce will be there.

Spanish, Korean and Russian interpreters will be provided.

King County is acting on a regional plan it has developed to modernize its network of 50-year-old transfer stations. In south King County, three potential sites are being evaluated as the location for a new facility to replace the Algona Transfer Station, as follows:

• 901 C St. SW, Auburn

• 35101 West Valley Hwy. S., Algona

• 28721 West Valley Hwy. S., Auburn

King County's solid waste division operates eight transfer stations, two drop box facilities and a regional landfill that provide for the solid waste transfer and disposal needs of 1.3 million King County residents outside the cities of Seattle and Milton.

The King County Council adopted its plan in December 2007, calling for the replacement of the Algona station with a new recycling and solid waste transfer station for the south county. The SWD has completed replacement or renovation of the Vashon, Enumclaw and Shoreline stations, and is close to completion of the new Bow Lake facility in Tukwila. Upgrades or replacement of the Factoria, Algona, Renton and Houghton facilities are next. The modernizations are part of the SWD capital program and are funded through the solid waste rate, not through taxes.

For more information, or to request accommodations for the community meeting, contact the Solid Waste Division at 206-296-4466, TTY Relay: 711. For more project information, visit the project website at http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/facilities/algona/index.asp.

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