The basics of waste transfer station system operations
Jan. 30, 2018
Arrivals and Scale Inbound commercial vehicles are first directed to the
scale house. Loads are weighed and tippage fees are assessed as applicable. If a
transfer station allows the public to also drop off solid waste, there may be a
separate queue and scale for this purpose.
Tipping , Processing and Reloading Vehicles are unloaded at the main transfer
building. Solid waste may be dropped onto the floor, into a pit, or immediately
onto another vehicle. During this process, transfer station employees will
screen the waste for any unauthorized materials. Compactors are used at some
transfer stations to compact waste and thereby increase the payload of outbound
Facility The facility typically includes a scale location and an enclosed
building where tippage and transfer take place.
The property requires adequate space to facilitate the queuing of vehicles at
the scale and at the main building. As well, there should be space to
accommodate the parking of outbound transfer trailers. Additional property will
be required for staging unacceptable garbage. Some waste transfer stations
provide space for the public to drop off green waste or other approved
Basic Equipment Aside from scales, transfer stations typically use equipment
such as front-end loaders, cranes, conveyors, walking floors and compactors.
Staffing Waste transfer stations require customer service and scale house
operators, traffic controllers, equipment operators, maintenance mechanics, as
well as other technical and management staff.