Solid Waste Subject Files, 1954-1992

Overview of the Collection

Seattle (Wash.). Engineering Dept.
Solid Waste Subject Files
1954-1992 (inclusive)
0..4 cubic feet, (1 box)
Collection Number
Files relating to the work of the Engineering Department's Solid Waste Division.
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2062337807
Fax: 2063869025
Access Restrictions

Records are open to the public.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Engineering Department (SED) maintained the City's streets and bridges, designed and oversaw construction of public works projects, provided traffic and transportation planning, and operated the sewer and solid waste utility. The position of City Surveyor was created in 1873 to survey the City, establish boundaries and street grades, and administer condemnation processes. This position was renamed City Engineer in 1890. In 1931 the Engineering Department absorbed part of the Department of Public Utilities and in 1936 it assumed the responsibilities of the Department of Streets and Sewers and the Traffic Department. In 1997, the water, solid waste, drainage, and wastewater utilities from the Engineering and Water departments were merged with the Engineering Services Division of SED and the Customer Service Call Center and Construction Engineering Sections of City Light to form Seattle Public Utilities. The traffic and transportation functions of the Engineering Department were consolidated in the Seattle Transportation Department.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Files relating to the work of the Engineering Department's Solid Waste Division. A subset of earlier files contains information on solid waste disposal and rates over time, as well as memos from division manager Harvey Mashinter. These may have been kept for historical background. The other folders in the series date mostly from the late 1980s and deal with planning and operations of the division at that time.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Solid Waste Subject Files, Record Series 2624-02. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Transfer Stations and Disposal Rates 1963-1989
1 2 Tonnages 1966-1980
1 3 Harvey Mashinter Memos 1954-1962
1 4 Harvey Mashinter Memos 1962-1964
1 5 Central Staff Reviews and Recommendations 1986-1987
1 6 Recycling Survey 1987
1 7 Goals and Work Plan 1987
1 8 Solid Waste Management Recommendations 1987
1 9 Seattle-King County Solid Waste Agreement 1986
1 10 Solid Waste Operating Plan 1986
1 11 Loaned Executive 1987
1 12 Rate Presentation to City Council 1992

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Recycling (Waste, etc.)--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Refuse and refuse disposal--Washington (State)--Seattle