As part of our waste strategy
, five waste transfer stations are needed in Essex to support new waste treatment facilities.
Waste collected from kerbside collections is taken to waste transfer stations for bulking. No processing of the waste takes place at a transfer station; it's simply a building for the temporary storage of waste before it's loaded on to larger vehicles and taken away for treatment.
The majority of waste will be taken away the same day it comes in. The maximum time waste is held is three days. This is a worst-case scenario to cover public and bank holidays.
The ’bulked up’ residual (‘black bag’) waste is taken to the new waste treatment facility in Basildon.
Harlow transfer station
Location: West Road, Harlow (the former Kores Nordic Printing Works).
Tonnage: The transfer station can handle 55,000 tonnes of waste a year collected from the Harlow and Epping Forest District areas.
Great Dunmow transfer station
Location: Land to the rear of the ambulance station, off Chelmsford Road, Great Dunmow.
Tonnage: The transfer station can handle 29,400 tonnes of waste a year collected from the Uttlesford District area.
Status: A planning application was submitted and elected members from the Development and Regulation Committee resolved to grant planning permission for the Great Dunmow transfer station, subject to the conditions recommended by the planning officers, on 22 June 2012.
Update: Construction of this transfer station has started.
Chelmsford transfer station
Location: Land off Winsford Way, Springfield, Chelmsford.
Tonnage: The transfer station can handle up to 90,000 tonnes of waste a year collected in the Chelmsford City and Maldon District areas.
Braintree transfer station
Location: Cordons Farm, Long Green, Braintree.
Tonnage: The transfer station site can handle up to 71,250 tonnes of waste a year collected in the Braintree District area.
Colchester/Tendring transfer station
Location: Land adjacent to the A120 Trunk Road, Ardleigh.
Tonnage: The transfer station can handle 115,000 tonnes of waste a year collected in the Colchester Borough and Tendring District areas.
All transfer stations are operated by Veolia Environmental Services on behalf of Essex County Council.