Seattle Public Utilities Ray Hoffman, Director

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.

October 2015

Last year, two garbage compactors were removed from the old transfer station and refurbished for use at the new transfer station. The team is now returning the compactors to the North Transfer Station site. The first compactor was delivered on Sunday, October 11 and the second compactor is scheduled to be delivered on Sunday, October 25 between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. The delivery will occur at the north side of the North Transfer Station site along N 35th Street. The City of Seattle requires this type of activity to be completed during nighttime hours when there are fewer cars and people on the road.

  • No Park signs will be placed near the intersection of Stone Way N and along N 35th Street prior to the work to allow for wide turns.
  • During this activity, expect large trucks entering the construction site.
  • To minimize impacts, crews will conduct preparation work and final positioning of the compactors during daytime hours.

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.


Free 24-hour construction hotline:
(206) 819‐5948

During construction, please visit the South Transfer Station