North Transfer Station
Concept art for the new North Transfer Station.
What & Why
What’s happening now?
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is replacing the North Transfer Station with a more modern and efficient facility that will meet Seattle's growing needs.
The current transfer station is now closed. The old facility will be torn down and new facilities (including weigh stations, a transfer building, and a recycling center) will be constructed. The new North Transfer Station is expected to open in 2016.
Learn more about what to expect during construction (pdf)
During the North Transfer Station construction, please use the new South Transfer Station facility at 130 South Kenyon Street in South Park.
Project goals and benefits
At the new facility, customers will find the following amenities that will improve upon current services.
- Better customer safety
The new facility will have flat floors for unloading and sorting. Without an open pit, customers are safer and less at risk of slips and falls.
- More capacity and efficiency
The new facility will have dedicated space to process more recycling. Residential and commercial haulers will use separate entrances to improve traffic flow and customer safety.
- Less odor and noise
The new facility will include more covered and enclosed spaces, a better ventilation system, automated rolling access doors, and entrance and exits designed to minimize noise in the neighborhood. These improvements will reduce the odor and noise coming from the new facility.
- Space to create community
East of the new facility, SPU will create an open space (pdf) that will include a play area for children, a sports court, an open play field, walkways, static exercise stations, and art installations.
- Public art
The new station will include new public art (made out of recycled materials, of course!). See Jean Shin’s artist statement and a preview of the planned art.