Transfer Station Complex
The Transfer Station performs a critical role in Lancaster County's integrated solid waste management system. Located on Harrisburg Pike, just outside the Lancaster City limits, the Transfer Station serves as a central drop-off location for waste haulers who collect refuse, certain recyclable materials and construction/demolition waste within Lancaster County. The material is delivered by independent private haulers, loaded into transfer trailers and transported to the Waste-to-Energy Facility, Frey Farm Landfill or a private recycling facility.
In addition to its convenient location, a major benefit of the Transfer Station is that it greatly reduces truck traffic on the county's highways by serving as a waste delivery consolidation point. In fact, for every five garbage trucks that enter the facility, only one LCSWMA Transfer Trailer is needed to haul compacted waste on the final leg of its disposal journey. The Transfer Station Complex is permitted by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to process up to 2,200 tons per day.
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Transfer Station – Permit # 100009
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Total Tons Received: 324,443
Inbound Loads Received: 90,741
Outbound Waste Loads Transferred to the FFLF: 3,159
Outbound Waste Loads Transferred to Lancaster WTE Facility: 11,907
Outbound Recycling Tons Transferred to Market: 1,133
Reduction in Traffic to Disposal Facilities Achieved: 83%
Kilowatt Hours of Electricity Generated from Solar Energy: 595,526
Revenue Generated from Solar Energy Production: $26,014
Average Daily Hauler & Resident Visits: 322
Average Tons Delivered Daily: 1,153
Tons Per Average Inbound Waste Load: 3.58
Average Minutes On-Site Time for Refuse Deliveries: 10.5
Tons Per Average Outbound Waste Load To FFLF: 19.4
Tons Per Average Outbound Waste Load To WTE Facility: 20.2
Traffic Trip Reduction Benefit to FFLF: 13,999
Traffic Trip Reduction Benefit to Lancaster WTE Facility: 55,382
How does the Transfer Station operate?
Upon arrival vehicles first proceed to the scale house where they pass through radiation monitoring equipment and are weighed on the inbound hydraulic scales.
Large vehicles then proceed to the 40,000 square foot Transfer Building where drivers are directed to one of 10 unloading positions to deposit the waste on the concrete floor in designated areas, depending on the type of material being delivered.
Small vehicles are diverted to a 14,500 square foot building constructed specifically for deliveries made in cars and pickup trucks. Inside the building, drivers are directed to designated areas depending upon the type of material being delivered.
LCSWMA compliance officers inspect the loads to ensure that no hazardous materials are unloaded, which must be delivered and processed separately and are not mixed in with the trash.
After unloading, customers return to the scales to weigh out and pay for the transaction based on weight and receive a receipt.
LCSWMA's staff operates equipment to push the waste from the tipping floor down through three openings into top-loading transfer trailers parked in a loading tunnel beneath. The loading tunnel has three floor flush-mounted scales where each transfer trailer is positioned on a scale for loading. A digital scale read-out is located on the tipping floor level above the loading pit to enable the equipment operator to know when a trailer has reached its legal capacity (80,000 lbs).
LCSWMA drivers deliver loaded transfer trailers to either the Waste-to-Energy Facility or Frey Farm Landfill. Outside haulers deliver recyclables to a private recycling facility for final processing.
Equipment and Maintenance
Equipment used at the Transfer Station Complex includes transfer tractor trailers, wheel loaders, excavators, a backhoe, skid loader and a sweeper.
A maintenance facility on-site provides truck bays for repair work and vehicle inspections, as well as a wash bay for cleaning vehicles and equipment.
A fuel island is located at the Transfer Station Complex for refueling Authority equipment. All diesel fuel used by the Authority is a 5% biofuel blend.