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About the Food & Yard System

Learn about Seattle’s innovative yard waste recycling program, as well as our natural lawn and garden programs that integrate water conservation, waste reduction and hazardous solutions.


The current transfer station is closed. We’re replacing the old facility with a more modern and efficient one that will open in 2016. North Transfer Station Project


Annual reports of the Seattle Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) recycling rate calculation, the percentage of MSW diverted from the landfill by reuse, recycling and composting. These reports contain a historical overview of solid waste tons generated, recycled, and disposed; cumulative progress to recycling goal; annual program activities and future plans. See Solid Waste Reports.


The Solid Waste Management Plan updates the City of Seattle’s programs and services to prevent waste, increase recycling and composting, and improve services.

The Solid Waste Facilities Master Plan was prepared to address the critical need to upgrade or replace the existing transfer stations before they fail.

The Recycling and Waste Reduction Study (Zero Waste Study) - Zero Waste and collection strategies with the potential to divert significant tonnage away from landfill disposal were identified in this five-month comprehensive study. See Solid Waste Plans.


Comprehensive reports on lawn care, irrigation and composting. See Landscape Reports.


Learn about the organics processing request for proposals (RFP).

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