Seattle Public Utilities

Station Features

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The North Transfer Station was rebuilt as a modern and efficient state-of-the-art facility that will meet the growing future needs of Seattle. SPU worked with the community through a collaborative design process to create a facility with community amenities and sustainable features. See our brochure for more information about the station features.


Art: Partnering with Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture One Percent for Art program, artist Jean Shin re-used salvaged reinforcing steel from the old North Recycle and Disposal Station to evoke the historic contours of the site.

Energy: Photovoltaic solar panels on the station roof produce up to 150 kilowatts of electricity to be utilized on site, enough to power up to 120 single-family homes.

Water: The station’s green stormwater infrastructure includes green roofs and pervious pavement to reduce stormwater runoff.

Capacity: On a typical day, the station will receive approximately 400 tons of various materials. The station is designed to handle up to 750 tons per day as Seattle’s population grows.

Traffic: The new station now has two inbound and three outbound scales, long queuing lanes, and a larger tipping floor to accommodate over 50 vehicles in line on site and reduce traffic congestion in the neighborhood.

Community: East of the new facility, SPU created an open space that not only buffers the adjacent neighbors from the station, but also includes a play area for children, a sports court, an open lawn, walkways, and static exercise stations.

Viewing Room

The Viewing Room, located on the second floor of the North Transfer Station, overlooks the tipping floor so visitors can see the station’s daily operations. It is open during station hours, but is not staffed by employees and staff-led tours are not provided. The room is ADA-accessible.

The Viewing Room is not available for events. Groups and classes are welcome to visit, but the space will remain open to the public. No food or beverages are allowed.