Seattle Public Utilities Mami Hara, General Manager/CEO

Public Viewing Room

Take a self-guided tour of the J.P. Patches Viewing Room on the third floor to learn how our transfer stations process more than 320,000 tons of garbage, recycling and yard waste each year.

The Viewing Room overlooks the tipping floor so visitors can see the station’s daily operations. In addition, educational displays and videos explain Seattle’s solid waste system, including recycling and waste reduction.

The Viewing Room is open during station hours. However, the viewing room is not staffed by employees, and no staff-led tours are provided. The room is ADA-accessible. No food or beverages are allowed in the Viewing Room. Due to space constraints, no seating is available.

Groups and classes are welcome. To prevent overcrowding, groups or classes of 10 or more people must reserve the room in advance. Please note that the room stays open for the public to also visit the room.

Teachers and students can find additional recycling and composting educational resources on the School Recycling and Waste Reduction Grants page. Recycling and composting videos may also be useful for your classroom.