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South Recycling & Disposal Station Redevelopment project site.
SPU is upgrading and adding recycling capacity to Seattle’s solid waste transfer stations in North and South Seattle. The work is part of the 2004 Solid Waste Facility Master Plan and the 2011 revision to the Solid Waste Management Plan. This project is the second phase of redeveloping solid waste facilities in south Seattle. The first phase was building the new South Transfer Station, which opened in 2013.
This project is on part of the old South Park Landfill, which closed in 1966. Because the site is being redeveloped, the landfill must be closed under today’s regulations. The City of Seattle and a private developer are under an Agreed Order with the Washington Department of Ecology to do so. The area will have a new cover (“cap”) over the buried garbage, a system to control any landfill gas and a drainage system to reduce rainwater going into the ground. SPU will install these systems while also constructing the new facilities.