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.

Drop off items for Recycling or Reuse

The North Transfer Station accepts more than before! The following items are accepted at no charge in the new Recycling and Reuse Building.

Donate Reusable Items*

Goodwill is our partner for collecting reusable goods. These items are accepted:

  • Clothing and linens. Items in good condition or worn out. No wet items.
  • Electronics. Including TV’s, computers, monitors and small electronics
  • Small furniture in good condition (large furniture is not accepted)
  • Household goods in good condition such as dishware, books, games
  • Bicycles

All items for donation will be inspected by a Goodwill representative on-site prior to being accepted for donation. Items not accepted for donation can be disposed (for a fee) at the transfer station.

Recycle

Scrap metal, cans, plastic and glass bottles and jars, paper and cardboard. For a list of accepted recyclable items see the Where Does it Go flyer 

Automotive oil and filters (5-gallon limit)

Car batteries

Alkaline batteries

Other Accepted Items

Sharps, syringes and lancets (in puncture-proof containers)

Recycling and Reuse Building location

The Recycling and Reuse Building is on the right as you enter the transfer station. Drive past the pay booths and turn right into the building. Operating hours  are the same as the North Transfer Station.

Education and Viewing Room

The Education Room, located on the second floor of the North Transfer Station office building, overlooks daily operations on the “tipping floor” below.  The Education Room features interactive exhibits that answer questions about recycling and compost, a 10-foot by 5-foot scale model with toy cars to “drive” through the transfer station, a model compactor, photos of garbage collection over the past 100 years and more. 

The Education and Viewing Room is open during station hours and is ADA-accessible.

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

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.