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Transfer Facilities

A transfer facility is a facility where waste is received, consolidated, and then transported to a subsequent facility for processing, treatment, further transfer, or disposal. Often, residents or local haulers bring waste to transfer facilities, where the waste is consolidated and then transferred to larger facilities.

Transfer Facilities in New York State

There are hundreds of transfer facilities in New York. To locate an authorized transfer facility in your area, refer to the Interactive Map of Transfer Facilities (leaving DEC's website) or look on the list of registered transfer facilities and permitted transfer facilities. Transfer facilities may be co-located with other solid waste facilities. For example, some transfer facilities are co-located with a Recyclables Handling and Recovery Facility that handles source-separated recyclables in a separate area of the property. Homeowners and businesses can get more information on where to take specific wastes such as hazardous waste, used electronic equipment, lead acid batteries, used oil, and waste tires on the Types of Solid Waste webpage.

There is a wide variety in the size and design of transfer facilities in New York. These characteristics determine which regulatory requirements in 6 NYCRR 362-3 that facility must meet. Certain transfer facilities are exempt from these regulations, while others require either a Part 360 registration or permit.


The following facilities may be exempt from the 6 NYCRR 362-3 regulations

  • facilities where waste is transferred directly from vehicle to vehicle,
  • facilities owned or operated by, or contracted by or on behalf of a municipality that accept no more than 20 cubic yards of residential waste per day,
  • facilities that accept no more than 5 cubic yard of organic waste per day, or
  • take back sites (sites at retail or wholesale locations used for collection of material similar to those sold or distributed by the retailer or wholesaler).

Facilities that qualify for an exemption must meet the specific criteria in 6 NYCRR 362-3.2.


Registered transfer facilities must be owned or operated by, or contracted by or on behalf of, a municipality and receive less than 50 tons of waste per day.

Facilities that qualify for a registration must meet the operating requirements in 6 NYCRR 360.19 and 6 NYCRR 362-3.3.

To become a new registered transfer facility or to modify or renew an existing registration, please complete the Solid Waste Management Facility Registration Form and contact the Regional Materials Management Engineer in your region.


All transfer facilities that do not meet the criteria for an exempt facility or a registered facility must obtain a permit.

Facilities requiring a permit must meet the design and operating requirements in 6 NYCRR 360.19 and 6 NYCRR 362-3.5.

To become a new permitted transfer facility or to modify or renew an existing permit, complete the Solid Waste Management Facility Permit Application and contact the Regional Permit Administrator in your region. See the Waste Management, Composting, and Recycling Permits webpage for additional details on applying for a permit and 6 NYCRR 360.16 and 6 NYCRR 362-3.4 for permit application requirements.

Annual Reporting

All transfer facilities are required to submit an annual report to the Department. These annual reports include the amount of waste received at the facility, the service area and the destination of the waste after it leaves the facility. For details about reporting requirements, see 6 NYCRR 360.19(k) and 6 NYCRR 362-3.6.

Blank annual report forms for the current reporting year can be found on the Solid Waste Facilities Forms page.

Annual reports submitted by facilities for previous years are available on the Department's ftp site.