County transfer station opens

Source: Frederick News Post
Author: Karen Gardner
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Date Published: 01/19/2009

The first load of cans, bottles and plastic fell to the floor of the Frederick County Landfill’s new transfer station Tuesday afternoon with a clang. Eight years in the making and two years later than county officials had hoped, the 56,053-square-foot concrete and metal structure officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday. County commissioners and other local officials attended. The new building will make it possible for the county to start its new single-stream recycling program. The transfer station will also be where 80 to 90 percent of the county’s trash will be loaded onto 18-wheeler trucks and driven to out-of-state landfills. For the past several years, the county has shipped most of its trash because the local landfill is nearly full. Haulers would dump the trash at a makeshift outdoor transfer site, and cranes would load it into tractor-trailers. This meant working outdoors in cold, windy conditions, or in extreme heat. Wind would blow some of the trash away, and spread the dust and stench. Rain would wet the trash and cause it to weigh more, increasing the rates the county would pay to other states. The new indoor station is large enough that haulers can pull up under cover and dump the trash into containers below. Each 18-wheeler truck can carry 23 tons of trash, said Dan Bower, assistant superintendent of the county landfill. The transfer station will allow up to 2,000 tons of material a day to be processed. Haulers bring the trash in, and it is weighed on the station’s massive scale and dumped in less than 15 minutes.