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Metro Waste Authority Adds a Second Transfer Station: What that Means for You and Your Community

posted 12/2/2015

Metro Waste Authority recently celebrated the Grand Opening of the newly constructed Metro Northwest Transfer Station with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. While the new facility won’t change the way garbage is handled from the curb, behind the scenes it will allow garbage generated in the Metro to be managed efficiently, cost-effectively, and the environment will benefit too. But do you know why?

What is a Transfer Station?

One thing most everyone can agree on, is that we want our garbage collected from homes and business and taken out to the landfill just as quickly and safely as possible. The Metro Northwest Transfer Station will help make this happen. At various points in a garbage route, trucks reach capacity. Without a transfer station, full garbage trucks in the western suburbs would be forced to make a 55 mile roundtrip to unload at Metro Park East Landfill. Instead, the garbage is off-loaded at a centrally located transfer station, where it is consolidated and reloaded into a semitrailer. One semitrailer has the capacity of 3.5 garbage trucks. This systemic approach reduces the number of transportation miles, which equates to a reduction in fuel consumed, greenhouse gases emitted and pollution created.

As the name suggests, the new Metro Northwest Transfer Station in Grimes will serve the needs of the western side of the Metro. The original Metro Central Transfer Station on Delaware Avenue, east of Downtown Des Moines, will continue to serve the central and eastern portions of the Metro.

“As the Metro expands west and continues to attract more families and businesses, the solid waste needs of the communities we serve could no longer be met by one transfer station,” stated Reo Menning, Executive Director. “The new facility allows us to provide long-term solutions in a cost-effective and environmentally sound manner for our growing Metro area.”

What are the Benefits of a Transfer Station?

Every resident and business owner benefits from transfer stations, even though they are not directly open to the public.

Transfer stations:

  • Increase efficiencies
  • Lower collection costs
  • Reduce fuel consumption
  • Improve air quality
  • Enhance road safety

>> Want to know more? Take a look at our Transfer Station Infographic and Fact Sheet.