Waste management is the process of collecting, transporting and disposing of solid waste. This article gives a brief overview of waste management benefits and planning and mitigation.

Waste management is the process of collecting, treating, and disposing of solid waste. The purpose of waste management is to prevent pollution, reduce the amount of waste, and conserve resources.

Waste from industrial, residential and commercial activities in a given area may be handled in a variety of ways. However, waste can be categorized based on materials such as paper, plastic, glass, metal and organic waste. Solid waste disposal must be managed systematically to ensure environmental best practices. Solid waste disposal and management is a critical aspect of environmental hygiene and it needs to be incorporated into environmental planning.

A waste transfer station is a light industrial facility where the solid waste is temporarily staged in the course of its eventual journey to the landfill or waste-to-energy facility. Waste transfer stations are a necessary part of municipal waste management.

The day-to-day operations of a transfer station like Stranco generally include:

  • Arrivals and scale: Inbound commercial vehicles are first directed to the scale house. Loads are weighed, and tippage fees are assessed as applicable.
  • Public drop off: If a transfer station allows the public also to drop off solid waste, there may be a separate queue and scale for this purpose. Some waste transfer stations provide space for the public to drop off green waste or other approved recyclables.
  • Tipping: Vehicles are unloaded at the main transfer building. Solid waste may be dropped onto the floor, into a pit, or immediately onto another vehicle.
  • Processing: Transfer station employees will screen the waste for any unauthorized materials. Compactors are used at some transfer stations to compact waste and thereby increase the payload of outbound trailers.

Benefits of Waste Transfer Stations

Waste transfer stations are a critical part of the waste management process. They provide a variety of benefits to the community, including:

  • Fuel savings, reduction in road wear, and less air pollution due to fewer vehicles being on the road
  • Trash, green waste, and recyclable material drop-off location for residents
  • Reduced traffic congestion in the community by consolidating loads onto larger vehicles
  • Reduced total truck traffic and improves safety at the landfill or waste-to-energy facility.

The refuse that is brought into our transfer stations is transported from our facilities to the appropriated state-certified landfills. Improper disposal of municipal solid waste can create unsanitary conditions, and these conditions in turn lead to pollution of the environment. Diseases can be spread by rodents and insects. The tasks of solid waste disposal management are complex technical challenges. Stranco Solid Waste Management Co., LLC will go the distance to ensure that our facilities are properly operated to ensure cost-effect solutions to waste management in the communities in which we serve.

For over two decades, Stranco Solid Waste Management Co., LLC has been a permitted, licensed and DEQ compliant solid waste transfer station. Stranco Solid Waste has been successfully helping St Tammany Parish residents and businesses dispose of solid waste including household garbage, construction and demolition debris, and other non-hazardous trash.