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October 18, 2017

New trash transfer station begins operation Oct. 25

Trash will get dumped on the floor of the new transfer station and pushed into trailers parked in a below-grade dock.
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Staff Journalist
Fauquier’s landfill staff next week will conduct tours of the county’s new trash transfer station.

A two-hour “open house” showcasing the permanent transfer station will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the county landfill along Route 29, just south of Warrenton.

“We’ll have a couple of staff members on site to give tours and answer questions,” Environmental Services Operations Manager Roscoe Coles said.

No demonstrations will take place during the open house, Mr. Coles said.

The permanent transfer station will begin operating Wednesday, Oct. 25, he said.

The 7,700-square-foot metal structure stands 32 feet tall. Heavy loaders will push trash into trailers parked in a below-grade dock, vastly improving efficiency and environmental conditions.

Two exhaust fans will suck trash odor from the building. The equivalent of a street sweeper the size of a Bobcat will keep the floor clean. The floor also will be power washed at least once a week.

The station will operate during regular landfill hours — 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

The new transfer station replaces a makeshift, open-air operation, which Fauquier operated for more than 2-1/2 years. Trash gets dumped and pushed onto steel plates, bordered on three sides by large concrete blocks. A large excavator scoops trash into tractor-trailers.

The open-air station will be dismantled and that site will be used to bury construction and demolition debris.

Fauquier last year shipped 42,714 tons of municipal waste to the Republic Services-Old Dominion landfill in Henrico County at a cost of $45.67 per ton, according to the department. The county began exporting — rather than burying — its trash in July 2015.

In addition to the transfer station, the project’s $5-million price tag includes site work, new scales and scale house for employees and heavy equipment.

Refreshments and snacks will be served after the tours.
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