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South Transfer Station closed October 28 due to garbage fire

Cause of fire unknown; old South Park station accepting self-haul customers today

Seattle Public Utilities’ (SPU) South Transfer Station is closed today, while firefighters and utility workers deal with the aftermath of a fire on the station’s tipping floor.

The fire at the three-year-old station, in South Park, started around 12:45 this morning. The cause is unknown at this time. Transfer station fires are often caused by materials—such as marine flares or chemicals—that have been improperly disposed of.

For information on where to dispose of household hazardous waste, including station locations and hours, contact or (206) 296-4692.

At 8:10 this morning, the fire was 70 percent contained.

While the station is closed, SPU is asking self-haul customers to take their garbage to the utilities’ old transfer station, at 8100 2nd Ave. S., which is adjacent to the new station. Compost and recycling cannot be accepted at the old station today.

Director of Solid Waste Ken Snipes said fires occasionally occur at garbage transfer stations, and the new station is built to withstand them. Damage to the station—if any—has not yet been assessed.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.