Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

County Land to Go to Waste; Commission Plans to Build Transfer Station

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

County Land to Go to Waste; Commission Plans to Build Transfer Station

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Byline: Drew Dixon, Shorelines staff writer

A new solid waste transfer station is coming to northern St. Johns County but it won't be operating for at least a year.

The County Commission voted July 27 to approve a land exchange agreement that would end up with the acquisition of about 14 acres of land on Stratton Road off U.S. 1. That's in addition to 18 acres the county already owns in the area.

The commission also granted permission to build a solid waste transfer station on the land already owned by the county.

The measure allows for the construction of a solid waste transfer station that garbage haulers could use instead of going to the Tillman Ridge transfer station at the defunct landfill in western St. Johns County off County Road 214. The new transfer station would also be close to the railroad tracks that run along the west side of U.S. 1 and the waste could be easily removed from the transfer station.

"It would move solid waste out of the county," said John Schwab, the county's special project manager. "It is geographically located to the northeast area of the county."

"We will create a drop-off center at the site. We don't want the public to be utilizing the transfer station itself. That's only for their safety.

"But the big trucks, the rear-loading trucks, will go into the transfer station and all the commercial vehicles," Schwab said.

The new transfer station capacity will be 1,000 to 1,200 tons per day, Schwab said. The Tillman Ridge station has a 650-ton capacity and takes in 450 to 500 tons per day.

"It's basically a building with a roof and a large open floor area," Schwab said, with loaders picking up the refuse and putting it in a railroad car or tractor-trailer rigs.

"We don't have a landfill and the Tillman Ridge facility has been operating since 1999. The county needs to expand the existing facility or build a new one. …

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