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REGIONALISATION STUDIES AND THE DESIGN OF WASTE TRANSFER STATIONS
The GCS Waste Management team realises the need to regionalise waste disposal by establishing a regional landfill with transfer infrastructure. The collection, and more specifically transportation, of solid waste — especially in metropolitan areas where waste is transported over relatively long distances — constitutes a large component of the cost of waste disposal. Our regionalisation studies endeavour to find the optimal location for transfer stations, the most cost effective mode of transport, as well as the routing of vehicles resulting in the best utilisation of equipment, which in turn leads to enormous cost savings.
The GCS Waste Management team designs transfer stations, where waste from collection vehicles or individuals is transferred to bulk containers and taken to a landfill or disposal facility. The following design variables are considered before a transfer station is designed:
- Required capacity and amount of waste storage desired
- Types of waste received
- Processes required to recover material from waste
- Types of collection vehicles using the facility
- Types of transfer vehicles that can be accommodated at the disposal facilities
- Site topography and access
GCS designs transfer stations by planning the most efficient layouts and most cost-effective design of surfacing, retaining walls and mechanised and electrical plants, as well as performing the licensing of the site, if necessary. A suitable solution to the problem is not necessarily the most expensive or complicated solution.
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