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 17 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.
Relocating a Transfer Station
Moving a transfer station is not a fast or easy process. There are many steps to take, lots of planning, and community engagement is needed throughout the process. Below is a brief description of the process we will go through to relocate the County's Ellensburg Transfer Station.