Solid Waste Management Program fact sheet
Division of Environmental Quality Director: Ed Galbraith

Waste transfer stations are facilities where solid waste is unloaded from collection vehicles and briefly held while it is reloaded onto larger long-distance transport vehicles for shipment to landfills or other treatment or disposal facilities.

To save energy and transportation costs, local governments and the solid waste disposal industry often direct local trash collection vehicles, known as packer trucks, to transfer stations. The waste is dumped on a collection floor where it is inspected and pushed or loaded into tractor-trailers that deliver it to one of  18 sanitary landfills in Missouri or to a landfill out of state. By combining the loads of several individual waste collection trucks into a single shipment, communities can save money on the labor and operating costs of transporting the waste to a distant disposal site.

History of transfer stations in Missouri

Transfer station design information

The departments’ oversight on transfer stations

What the Solid Waste Management Program Reviews

What the Program Does Not Review