North Transfer Station Features

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. Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) worked with the community through a collaborative design process to create a facility with community amenities and sustainable features. View our station feature brochure for more information.

Items for Recycling or Reuse

The North Transfer Station accepts the following items at no charge in the Recycling and Reuse Building.  

Please note: Goodwill will be closing operations at the North Transfer Station on Sunday, June 30, 2024. Drop of items for donation at these nearby Goodwill locations:  

  • Ballard Goodwill store located at 6400 8th Ave NW Seattle, WA 98107
  • Goodwill South Lake Union store at 411 Westlake Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109  

These items are currently accepted in the Recycling and Reuse Building: 

  • Clothing and linens in good condition or worn out. No wet items.
  • Electronics, including televisions, computers, monitors, and small electronics
  • Small furniture in good condition. (Large furniture is not accepted.)
  • Household items in good condition, such as dishware, books, and 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.


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

Other Accepted Items

  • Automotive oil and filters (5-gallon limit)
  • Car batteries
  • Alkaline batteries
  • 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. The 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 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 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is ADA-accessible. To ensure the it remains open to all, please follow the below guidelines:

  • All children must be supervised by an adult.
  • Please be gentle with exhibits, do not break or damage.
  • No food or drink allowed.
  • No birthday parties, large groups, or events. 


  • 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.


Public Utilities

Andrew Lee, General Manager and CEO
Address: 700 5th Avenue, Suite 4900, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34018, Seattle, WA, 98124-5177
Phone: (206) 684-3000

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Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is comprised of three major direct-service providing utilities: the Water Utility, the Drainage and Wastewater Utility, and the Solid Waste Utility.