Waste Transfer Stations are a vital step on the journey of waste management. In this guide to Waste Transfer Stations, we explain what they are, processes that take place there, the benefits they provide, and how they are different to Material Recovery Facilities (MRF).
What is A Waste Transfer Station?
A Waste Transfer Station is where waste from various sources is consolidated before being further transported to an end point of disposal, usually landfill or waste-to-energy facilities. The Waste Transfer Station acts as a collection point for waste streams, where collection vehicles and containers are emptied, the waste screened, then loaded into larger transport vehicles for long-haul transport.
It’s important to have Waste Transfer Stations acting as midway points for waste management in regard to economic value and environmental factors, for example in reducing the length and frequency at which individual collection vehicles have to drive to get to the end point of disposal. The main benefits of Waste Transfer Stations will be outlined below.
Waste Transfer Stations can vary, however they usually consist of large plots of land to accommodate the space requirements of scale facilities, tipping areas, and large commercial vehicles. Equipment used includes loaders, conveyors, walking floors, cranes, and compactors – all aiding in the screening of waste and effective process of moving waste from unloading to reloading. Staff at a Waste Transfer Station can either have customer responsibilities, such as customer services, or more waste-related roles, such as scale operator, equipment operator, and maintenance staff.