Transfer Station means a solid waste management facility other than a recyclables handling and recovery facility, used oil facility, or a construction and demolition debris processing facility, where solid waste is received for the purpose of subsequent transfer to another solid waste management facility for further processing, treating, transfer or disposal. Transfer of solid waste from vehicle to vehicle for the purpose of consolidating loads, as part of the initial collection process, is not considered a transfer station provided the transfer activity occurs along the collection route where the point of transfer changes from day to day. Transfer of leakproof, closed containers of solid waste from vehicle to vehicle, including truck to train, for the purpose of consolidating loads for shipment to an authorized disposal or treatment facility, is not considered a transfer station provided: the contents of each container remain in their closed container during the transfer between vehicles; storage remains incidental to transport at the location where the containers are consolidated; containers are acceptable to the department and maintained in a safe, nuisance-free (e.g., dust, odor, noise, etc.) manner; and, the transfer location is under the ownership or control of the transporter.
Transfer Stations in New York State
A transfer station is a solid waste management facility where solid waste is received for the purpose of subsequent transfer to another solid waste management facility for further processing, treatment, transfer or disposal.
As of November 2013, there were 174 regulated (permitted) transfer stations and 383 registered transfer stations operating in New York State. The registered transfer stations are owned or operated by, or contracted by or on behalf of a municipality and each receive less than 12,500 tons (50,000 cubic yards) of household waste per year. Both the registered and the regulated transfer stations are required to submit annual operating reports. Transfer stations authorized to process construction and demolition debris must comply with the operational requirements of 6 NYCRR 360-16.4. Transfer stations that store, collect or process recyclables must also comply with the operational requirements of 6 NYCRR 360-12.2
Facilities that transfer solid waste via barge or other water-bourne method are considered transfer stations under Part 360 regulations.