Seattle Public Utilities

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 existing path north of the site. Solid waste trailer and tractor parking will also be onsite for SPU and City use only.

What’s happening now?

Over the course of 2017, the project team conducted a reevaluation of the project.

Latest updates:

  • We continue to work on designing and locating the facilities on site.
  • In partnership with the Office of Arts and Culture, the project will include a public art component as part of the walking path.
  • Since the redevelopment of the site will include removal of some trees, the team has developed a two-part plan with input from the community and other public agencies to replace as many trees in South Park as possible and enhance the soil around existing stressed trees to make them stronger and maximize air quality benefits.
  • We anticipate the Design process to finish in 2019.

Project goals and benefits

  • More recycling options will help us all reach Seattle’s goal of recycling 70 percent of our waste by 2022.
  • 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.


Hui Yang, project manager
(206) 233-5043

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