SHORELINE -- It's where some of the area's most devout recyclers hone their skills, but now the big blue recycle bins at most King County Transfer Stations are going away.
They are victims of an ever-evolving recycle system. King County managers are confident recyclers will adjust to the removal of the bins but for many it is a painful loss.
Many people used it for their recycling overflow. When they have stuffed their curb recycle bins to the max, they could always make a pit stop at the good, old free recycling bins at their favorite transfer station.
County recycling leaders say the bins were put in before curb recycling caught on, but now that 99 percent of county residents get the curb service, they feel the bins have served their purpose. They also say they cost the city $400,000 dollars a year to operate.
But for many, it is the forced retirement of a recycling legend. On a busy day at the Shoreline Transfer Station we watched a steady stream of visitors who have mastered the art of speed sorting and left with some feel-good recycling pride.
The County will not remove the bins from transfer stations serving residents who do not have curbside service and they have posted some other bulk recycling options on their website: