Transfer Stations

A transfer station is a building or a processing site for the temporary deposition of waste. Transfer stations are often used as places where the public and local waste collection vehicles deposit their waste prior to compaction and/or collection by a larger vehicle. These larger vehicles transport the waste to the point of disposal, be that landfill, composting or sorting/recycling facility. Transfer stations may also be known as “Resource Recovery Parks”

Diversion at a transfer station

Many different materials can be diverted from the route towards landfill, at a transfer station. Check with your local council or private transfer station as acceptable materials will vary from site to site.

The following materials may be accepted.


  • Bottles in glass and plastic codes 1 and 2
  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Scrap metal (but not fencing wire)
  • Fridges
container for bulk drop-off of recyclables 


  • Garden waste
  • Gib (Gypsum plasterboard)
Green material for composting 

Hazardous waste

  • Fluorescent lights
  • Waste oil
  • Vehicle batteries
  • LPG cylinders
lead acid batteries are hazardous 

Reusable goods

  • Clean clothing
  • Furniture
  • Giftware, Knick-knacks, household tools and utensils

Residual waste

The advantages of a transfer station are:

  1. Transfer stations are designed and managed with public safety in mind.
  2. A reduction of traffic at the landfill. Only large commercial waste haulage vehicles should enter the landfill tipping site direct. Smaller waste firms and the public use the transfer station and this reduces pressure on the landfill access roads
  3. Less working area at the tip face is required and this allows for better environmental control and capping at the landfill.
  4. Because the refuse is compacted at the transfer station, it provides a greater payload for the transfer trailers and reduces the number of truck trips that need to be made to the landfill..

Fees and Charges

Many transfer stations have weighbridges, to allow for accurate recording of tonnes of materials diverted, and to weigh materials heading to landfill. Charges in this case are by weight. Other charges may rely on estimated or measured volume, or the vehicle size.

Check your local council for details of fees and charges.