A transfer station is a facility with a designated receiving area where waste collection vehicles discharge their loads. Waste transfer stations link a community’s solid waste collection protocol and a final waste disposal facility. While facility ownership, sizes, and services offered vary significantly among transfer stations, they all serve the same basic purpose—consolidating waste from multiple collection vehicles into larger, high-volume transfer vehicles for economical shipment to distant disposal sites.
At a transfer station, the waste is compacted, and later loaded into larger vehicles for long-haul shipment to a final disposal site—typically a landfill, waste to- energy plant, or a composting facility. No long-term storage of waste occurs at a transfer station, waste is quickly consolidated and loaded into a larger vehicle and moved off site, usually in a matter of hours.