OPEN HOUSE: Northeast Recycling and Transfer Station project

Stay Engaged in the Northeast Recycling and Transfer Station (NERTS) Project

Two upcoming Scoping Meeting opportunities this week to learn more about the project and submit your comments

King County’s Solid Waste Division is planning a new transfer station in northeast King County. As part of this process, they are offering in-person and virtual meetings for you to participate in as the County develops its draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

The meetings are an opportunity to learn more about the project, meet the project team, and make formal comments on the site alternatives that will be studied in the EIS.


We encourage the business community and residents to attend one of these Open House opportunities to share your feedback on the potential Woodinville site.


Scoping Meeting #2 (virtual) – Dec. 7 via Zoom.

Please click here to join the webinar.

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Scoping Meeting #3 (in-person) – Dec. 8 at Brightwater Center 

22505 WA-9, Woodinville, WA 98072

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Currently, a Woodinville site is included in the final list of recommendations.

The Woodinville Chamber’s Board of Directors has determined that Woodinville is not the best location for the new Northeast Recycling and Transfer Station and would not be in favor of the selection of a Woodinville setting. Woodinville currently does not have the traffic mitigation or infrastructure to support additional vehicles on the roads. The City already faces congestion near onramps and offramps. The addition of a large facility of this kind would be damaging to the flow of traffic that is already negatively impacted by the current rate of travel. Additionally, a Recycling and Transfer Station near the tourism related areas of Woodinville would impact tourism businesses and attendees in the community. We support the Northeast Recycling and Transfer Station moving to a location that has the population density that would allow for its effective operation.


The three sites options include:


We encourage attendees to speak so comments are on the official record. Here is a list of sample questions for attendees to ask. Please feel free to utilize these are come up with questions of your own:


Traffic Impacts

  • What is the impact of additional traffic on the quality of roads and commute time for both residents and Waste Management truck drivers?
  • What is the average time spent driving to and from each of the three transfer station sites from the centroid?
  • What is the driving time from the transfer station to the terminal station in south county?
  • How will each of the proposed transfer station locations impact traffic along freeways and state routes? How will this impact commute times?
  • What is the distance from the nearest freeway exit to the site?
  • How much extra traffic will be added to the roads and what will the cost be to mitigate failing intersections and freeway exits?


Economic Impacts

  • How many businesses are within a 1-mile radius of the proposed transfer sites?
  • How many businesses are along the main ingress and egress of the proposed sites?
  • What percentage of the city’s sales tax revenue is earned by businesses within 1 mile of the site?
  • What percentage of the city’s sales tax revenue is earned by businesses along the route to and from the site?


Environmental Impacts

  • How much fuel will Waste Management use to transfer waste from the centroid to each site?
  • What are the miles traveled and estimated fuel use from the centroid to each site?
  • How much time will the trucks spend idling in traffic versus driving to each site?
  • Wetlands should be compared at the same time and season to get an accurate sense of their scale.
  • How close is each site to land that has been designated as agricultural or protected shoreline?


Community Impacts

  • How many children attend a school within 500 feet of the proposed site?
  • Are there large-scale community events held within a mile of the proposed sites?
  • How many people visit the city to a destination within a mile of the proposed sites?
  • What are the zoning areas around each site and how will those be impacted? Residential, commercial, tourist, industrial, education.
  • What other essential public facilities are located within proximity to the cities in the EIS? Recycling centers, waste water management, etc.
  • What is the expected population growth (housing and businesses) within a mile of the sites and in what timeframe?

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