Everett Landfill Tire Fire
2900 36th St, Everett, WA 98201

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The Washington State Department of Ecology and the city of Everett have been working together since 1994 to cleanup the Everett Landfill Site. The site has now met the cleanup standards under the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA).

The city of Everett Landfill site (Site) is about 70 acres, of which 66 acres have been land filled. The Site’s borders are 36th Street to the north, Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad track to the west and east, and the Simpson site to the south. The Snohomish River and wetlands are to the east of the Site (Figure 1). At this time, two facilities operate on the site: the city of Everett Animal Shelter, the city of Everett General Maintenance and Storage Facility (city yard).

From about 1917 to 1974, parts of the Site were used for landfill purposes. At first, the Site was used as a burning dump, a scrap metal recycling and burial yard, and a municipal landfill. The southern portion of the Site was the last active fill area. November 1974 was the last month that waste was received. The next year, the whole landfill was graded and closed in compliance with then current regulations (WAC 173-301). A 12-inch soil layer was placed over the waste and was seeded with grass. In 1977, a commercial recycling operation began storing old rubber tires on the central and eastern half of the Site. After this, there were two fires in the tire piles — one in 1983 and one in 1984.


Contaminants of concern at this site are total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, and metals.

The city of Everett (City) completed two Interim Actions at the Site while it was under the State’s Model Toxic Control Act (MTCA), but before the Agreed Order was signed. The first Interim Action was the Everett Landfill Site Grading in 1995. This project improved the site grading and the control of surface water. The City graded the entire site (except for the two tire fire areas) to collect and control surface water and to reduce leachate. The City then put an extra two feet of soil cover over the waste areas, and re-graded the East Ditch for drainage.

The second Interim Action was in 1997 and 1998. During this project, the City:

  • Installed a geomembrane cover on the eastern side slopes of the landfill.
  • Added a lined leachate collection trench and transmission system.
  • Added two pump stations.
  • Installed a leachate control force main and access road.
  • Installed site fencing.
  • Added site cover.
  • Controlled for water on the eastern portion of the site.
  • Removed and disposed of sediments in the East Ditch.
  • Removed and disposed of the tires and tire fire ash that remained.
In 2001 the City signed a Consent Decree for a Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study and Cleanup Action Plan. The Consent Decree allowed for Brownfields redevelopment on the site. They did further landfill gas monitoring from 2001 to 2003 and installed a perimeter landfill gas control system in 2004. The Everett Transfer Station was closed and torn down in 2004. In 2006 the City built a bridge to pass 41st street over the existing rail lines. It also includes landfill gas control for the part of 41st street on the landfill.


Year Event
1917 Site starts being used as a landfill
1974 Landfill stops accepting waste
1975 Everett Transfer Station opens on the landfill site
1977 Tire storage starts
1983 First tire fire
1984 Larger tire fire (likely 1,000,000 tires)
1990 Site was ranked as a Department of Ecology Hazardous Site
1994 Agreed Order signed
1994 Landfill regraded and capped
1998 EPA Brown Field Grant and Study
1998 Addressed leachate control and finished tire fire ash disposal
2001 Consent Decree for Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study and Cleanup Action Plan (Includes brown fields uses) signed
2003 Everett Transfer Station closes
2004 Perimeter Landfill Gas Collection System installed
2004 Transfer Station demolished and area regraded
2006 41st Street bridge complete
2007 Oliver McMillan agrees to purchase the Riverfront Redevelopment Area


The Everett Landfill Site combined with two adjacent properties, the Simpson Site and Eclipse Mill Property, are now known as the Riverfront Redevelopment Site. The city of Everett (City) plans to use the 211 acres to create space for commercial, hotel and residential property. The plans also allow for habitat restoration. The city of Everett is currently releasing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for public comment. The EIS will address the growth that will take place on this land.More information about the Simpson Site and Eclipse Mill Property can be found below.


The Simpson site (Site) is located south of the landfill site. It is near the Lowell district and within the incorporated boundaries of Everett, Washington (Figure 1). The Sites borders are Junction Avenue and Second Avenue to the west, the Snohomish River to the east, the landfill site to the north, and Lowell Snohomish River Road to the south. Parts of the Simpson Site are being cleaned up under Ecology’s Voluntary Cleanup Program.


The Eclipse Mill Property is north of the Landfill and south of Pacific Avenue between Interstate Five and the Snohomish River. This property is not a Department of Ecology cleanup site.


For a complete list of documents please see "View Electronic Documents" on the right.



Map showing site location as Snohomish County, WA SITE INFORMATION


View Electronic Documents

Cleanup Site Details Report

Facility Site ID: # 2696

Cleanup Site ID: 3862

Everett, Snohomish County

Status: Cleanup Started   Get definitions of Status terminology

Sunny Becker
Site Manager
(425) 649-7187

Nancy Lui
Public Involvement Coordinator
(425) 649-7117

Document Repositories:

Northwest Regional Office
3190 160th Ave SE
Bellevue, 98008-5452