Republic Services of Pennsylvania on Friday opened a $1 million recycling transfer station at Modern Landfill in Windsor Township, Pa. The company says the facility, which it calls a “transcyclery,” will enhance its recycling service in York County and the south central Pennsylvania region. According to Modern Landfill General Manager Tim O’Donnell, it is the first dedicated recycling transfer station to go into full-time operation at a landfill in the United States.
Recyclables collected in the region by Republic’s York Waste Disposal Division will be consolidated into tractor-trailer loads at the transcyclery and then sent to Republic’s single-stream materials recovery facility in King of Prussia, Pa. The facility can currently handle 70 to 75 tons per day, but will eventually be able to process between 100 and 150 tons, according to a Republic press release.
Previously, tractor-trailer trucks that hauled trash the 85 miles from Republic’s River Road waste transfer station in King of Prussia for disposal at Modern Landfill made their return trips empty. Now, the company says, they will return with loads of recyclables for the materials recovery facility.
“It’s a much more efficient and cost-effective system,” O’Donnell said in the press release. “It allows us to process the recyclables we collect from south central Pennsylvania at our own plant in King of Prussia rather than contracting with an outside company. It’s less expensive to handle it in-house and allows us to make full use of the round trips that our trucks are making anyway. This works out much better for our customers all around.”