Recycle Center meeting June 2

The city is inviting Islanders to discuss land-use options for the former Mercer Island Recycling Center at a public meeting on June 2.

The Mercer Island School District-run center was closed in February due to budget constraints after 34 years of operation. Because the Recycling Center, tucked between Mercerdale Park and the Farmer’s New Life Insurance building downtown, is on city property, it is up to the city to decide what to do with the land. Earlier this year, City Councilmembers agreed to involve the Island community in an open process to discuss and develop solutions for the site. Students at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI) are helping the city find a “financially, socially and environmentally stable” business solution for the plot of city land that currently houses the Recycling Center. The first stage of the process is to hold public meetings for input. The June 2 meeting will be held at the Mercer Island Library. It starts at 6:30 p.m. City representatives and BGI students will attend the meeting.

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