North Transfer Station Project
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is replacing the North Transfer Station with a more modern and efficient facility that will meet the growing future needs of the city.
The current transfer station is now closed. The old facility will be torn down and all new facilities (including new weigh stations, transfer building, and a new recycling center) will be constructed. The new North Transfer Station is expected to open in 2016.
To learn more about what to expect during construction, download the North Transfer Station Project Flyer (pdf).
During the North Transfer Station construction, we encourage you to use the new South Transfer Station facility at 130 South Kenyon Street in South Park. Visit the transfer station website to plan your trip.
New Facility Improvements
At the new facility (pdf), customers will find the amenities listed below that improve upon the current services and experiences.
- 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 than the current operation. Also, residential and commercial haulers will use separate entrances to improve the flow of traffic and safety for different customers.
- 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) where community members can spend time and recreate outside together. Amenities 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 preview the public art.
When the current facility was built over 50 years ago, the city processed all solid waste as garbage, which ended up in landfills.
Today, the city separates solid waste into multiple waste streams, including recyclables and green waste, with multiple end uses in mind. A new North Transfer Station will help us process each type of solid waste more effectively and efficiently than ever before and help us get closer to achieving the City’s zero-waste goal. The new station will also be a good neighbor, with a site that has been designed with the community’s input and will incorporate many features that reduce traffic congestion, noise, odor and other neighborhood effects. Please review the Public Engagement and Communication Plan (pdf) for more extensive details about the project activities and goals.
History of Community Involvement
Early in the planning process, SPU committed to addressing the concerns of the surrounding community about present and future operations at the North Transfer Station. SPU worked very closely with a stakeholder advisory group, community members, station users, and others throughout the planning and conceptual design process to identify and address community concerns, develop a facility that meets all of SPU’s operational needs, and improve the facility’s presence in the neighborhood. Please see the project’s community involvement page for more information about these efforts.
SPU has also sought to create the greatest public benefit with the least environmental impact. Please visit the project’s environmental studies page for more information about the efforts SPU took to find this balance.