Seattle Public Utilities Mami Hara, General Manager/CEO

South Recycling & Disposal Station


South Recycling & Disposal Station Redevelopment project site.

What & Why

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) will redevelop the old South Recycling and Disposal Station site, located near the intersection of 5th Avenue South and South Kenyon Street in Seattle. This 10-acre site is owned by SPU and will be redeveloped to include a recycling and reuse center and the existing household hazardous waste facility, which will be incorporated into the redeveloped site. A new pedestrian path on 5th Avenue South will extend the path that is already north of the site. Solid waste trailer/tractor parking and a decant facility will also be onsite for SPU and City use only, not open to the public.

What’s happening now?

The project team has been busy designing and locating the facilities on site, including seeking public input on a new walking path that will be built along 5th Avenue South. Design is anticipated to finish in early 2017. The team has also been working with the Office of Arts and Culture to secure an artist for, and provide input on the public art piece. As the redevelopment of the site will include the removal of some trees, the project team has been exploring how and where to replace those trees.

Project goals and benefits

  • More recycling options will help us all reach Seattle’s goal of recycling 70 percent of our waste by 2022.
  • With less travel time, our South Seattle drainage and wastewater crews will have a new place to process material cleaned out from stormwater and sewer lines. More pipes will be cleaned to reduce flooding, combined sewer overflows and sewer backups.
  • More efficient operation and better services provided to all city residents and businesses.
  • The site redevelopment also includes environmental benefits:
    • Capping the old landfill controls any landfill gas emissions and helps SPU meet Washington State Department of Ecology’s project requirements.
    • Capping was identified as a proposed cleanup action in the Interim Action Work Plan with the Washington State Department of Ecology.
    • An onsite surface water system will reduce the amount of rainwater that can infiltrate into the landfill, meaning there would be less potential for components of the landfill to migrate outside of the landfill boundary.



Kay Yesuwan, project manager
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