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Snohomish County Approves $2 Million Emergency Solid Waste Removal Contract with Waste Management

April 27, 2022 – This morning, the Snohomish County Council approved an emergency contract with Waste Management Inc. to aid Snohomish County Solid Waste in the removal of excess refuse at local transfer stations. Refuse has built up since the start of the year due to a shortage of intermodal containers used for waste-by-rail shipments to the Roosevelt Landfill located in south central Washington. These containers are provided to county by Republic Services and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF), which have indicated that staffing shortages are the primary reason for the reduction of available containers.

The $2 million short-term waste transportation and disposal agreement will give Solid Waste workers the ability to transport more garbage out of county facilities.

While the contract with Waste Management will give county workers another outlet to begin lowering refuse levels at the facilities, it will take time to return to normal levels.

As of today, the buildup of garbage has not exceeded Snohomish County facility limits. However, the Airport Rd (ARTS) and Southwest (SWRTS) Recycling and Transfer Stations are reaching their capacity limits, which would trigger a shutdown. ARTS currently has a record 4,200 tons of refuse, while SWRTS has a record 2,250 tons of refuse. The last time a shutdown due to capacity limits was triggered was in 2008.

Excess refuse can become a fire and health hazard, among other dangers, at the transfer stations. While the ARTS and SWRTS facilities are seeing the greatest impact, all Snohomish County Solid Waste facilities are experiencing customer slowdowns.

The county is urging customers to be patient when visiting the facilities. Customers are encouraged to check the lines before visiting Solid Waste facilities at  https://snohomishcountywa.gov/5431/Check-the-Lines.


Notice of Immediate Slow-downs at ARTS and SWRTS


April 17, 2022 - Due to container shortage and rail staffing issues, staff at Airport Road Recycling and Transfer Station in Everett and the Southwest Recycling and Transfer Station in Mountlake Terrace are having to high pile and handle material multiple times. As a result, customers should anticipate longer than usual wait times while we process the material. 

Thank you for your patience while we work through this situation.