Transfer Station Complex (TSC)

Visit the Disposing Trash page for more information about materials that may be delivered to the Transfer Station Complex (TSC).

We ask for your cooperation when delivering loads to the TSC. Help us protect the environment by securing and tarping your loads to prevent litter on local roadways. Not only is this required by all Lancaster County municipalities, but shows courtesy to residents and businesses located on roads leading to the TSC.

A collage of images featuring an exterior view of the Transfer Station Complex, solar panels on the roof of the Transfer Station Complex, various pieces of machinery at work inside the Transfer Station, and a LCSWMA branded truck outside the Transfer Station Complex

Over 400 customers visit the TSC each day to deliver waste. Residents and commercial haulers deposit their waste in designated areas on the tipping floor, based on their vehicle size and load type. LCSWMA inspects the loads to ensure no hazardous materials are mixed in with the trash.

From there, LCSWMA staff uses heavy equipment to push the waste into top-loading transfer trailers parked in a loading tunnel below the concrete tipping floor. LCSWMA drivers deliver the loaded trailers to either the Waste-to-Energy Facility or to the Frey Farm Landfill. A third-party hauler transfers recyclable materials to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), where it is sorted, bailed and sold to market.

Watch the video on the right to learn more about TSC and its role in the Integrated System.

Role in the Integrated System

The TSC performs a critical role in the Integrated System. Located on Harrisburg Pike in Lancaster, the facility serves as a central drop-off location for waste haulers who collect refuse, certain recyclable materials and construction/demolition waste within in our community. The material is delivered by independent private haulers, loaded into transfer trailers and transported to one of LCSWMA’s two waste-to-energy facilities, the Frey Farm Landfill or a private recycling facility.

In addition to its convenient location, a major benefit of the TSC is it greatly reduces truck traffic on the county’s highways by serving as a waste delivery consolidation point. In fact, for every five customer vehicles that enter the facility, only one LCSWMA transfer trailer is needed to haul compacted waste on the final leg of its disposal journey. The TSC is permitted by the Department of Environmental Protection to process up to 2,200 tons per day and operates 5.5 days each week.