Role of a Transfer Station

Waste transfer stations play an important role in a waste management system, serving as a link between local waste collection programs and the final disposal facility. The primary reason for using a transfer station is to reduce the cost of transporting waste to distant disposal facilities.

Ellensburg Transfer Station

Kittitas County's existing Ellensburg Transfer Station is located off Industrial Way within the City of Ellensburg and is one of two solid waste transfer stations provided by the County. The transfer station property is leased from the City of Ellensburg and the transfer station is operated by Waste Management, Inc. under contract to the County. Opened in 2000, the transfer station is already 19 years old.

The existing station handles solid waste, recyclables, household hazardous waste, and makes compost from yard waste that is received onsite. The station handles approximately 25,000 tons of solid waste every year and serves about 60,000 customers (residents and businesses). Solid waste that is brought to the station is then loaded into transfer trailers and transported approximately 80 miles to the Greater Wenatchee Landfill in Douglas County, Washington. Recyclable materials collected at the transfer station go to Waste Management's recycling facility.

Why Move the County's Ellensburg Transfer Station?

The existing Ellensburg Transfer Station is being moved from its current location due to three serious challenges.