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Transfer stations the revitalization of a transfer station complex


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Lancaster county solid waste management authority (LCSWMA) manages the municipal solid waste from Lancaster County, PA homes and businesses, serving approximately 520,000 residents. Once private haulers deliver the waste to LCSWMA, the organization employs a multi-step approach to trash disposal and processing, called an Integrated System. This system saves significant landfill capacity and generates enough clean, renewable energy (electricity) to power approximately one in six Lancaster County homes. LCSWMA's transfer station complex—including a permanent, drive-through household hazardous waste (HHW) facility and its administrative offices—performs a critical role in the Integrated System. It serves as a central drop-off location for waste haulers who collect refuse, certain recyclable materials and construction/demolition waste within Lancaster County.

  • Improve operating efficiency
  • Separate commercial haulers from self-haulers
  • Improve site safety for customers and employees
  • Increase permit capacity from 1,600 tons per day to 2,200 tons per day
  • Enhance facility aesthetics

The scope of the project involved expanding the site footprint, remediating an acquired brownfield site and redesigning the entire transfer station complex to improve traffic flow and overall operating efficiency, including: 1) constructing a new 40,000 square foot, top load transfer station building, 2) constructing a 17,000 square foot small vehicle drop off facility, 3) replacing the scale house, 4) constructing a separate facility for HHW collection, 5) constructing a separate facility for equipment maintenance and 6) improving the administrative office facade and interior space.

Project History: A Time of Rapid Growth
In the late 1990s, LCSWMA faced the challenge of accommodating an escalating volume of waste delivered to its transfer station. With the population of Lancaster County rapidly growing, the facility approached capacity. The old compactor design, initially installed in 1968, could no longer efficiently manage the waste. Over the years, the building underwent two additions to accommodate the growth, but it was evident that the complex required a complete revitalization in order to serve the county for the next 30 years. Thus, LCSWMA began the ardent process of revitalizing its transfer station complex.

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