Jacobs selected to plan and design waste recycling and transfer station in Washington


Jacobs, a technical and professional services provider, has been selected by the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Solid Waste Division (SWD) to offer siting, architectural and engineering services for a new recycling and transfer station.

The recycling and transfer station will serve the areas in and around the cities of Sammamish, Kirkland, Redmond and Woodinville.

Jacobs was selected for the project through a competitive procurement process.

As per the terms of the contract, the planning and design of the new Northeast Recycling and Transfer Station (NERTS) facility will incorporate climate change impacts and sustainable development practices.

The siting process will also include equity and social justice considerations of residents and stakeholders such as taking transit-oriented design into account to facilitate employee commutes and to provide project communications that meet the language needs of the community.

King County offers garbage transfer, disposal, and recycling services for nearly 1.3 million residents and 660,000 employees. The solid waste system also serves a large unincorporated area, along with 37 of the 39 cities in King County.

Last year, the county’s eight transfer stations and two drop boxes received 840,000 tons of garbage. At the transfer facilities, several smaller loads are combined into larger loads to be transported to the County's Cedar Hills Regional Landfill.

The use of transfer stations lowers collection costs while reducing the overall traffic and associated air pollution, fuel consumption and road wear, contributing to a sustainable solution.

Jacobs people & places solutions buildings & infrastructure west region senior vice president Ron Williams said: “Siting, designing and constructing a transfer facility is an inherently complex process which must account for operational needs, site constraints and the needs and concerns of the service-area and neighbouring communities.

“But that challenge is one that we're well suited to deliver on, as Jacobs and our teaming partners have developed more than 150 recycling and transfer station facilities throughout the U.S. and globally.”


Jacobs to design recycling facility in Washington. (Credit: Pixabay/PublicDomainPictures.)

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