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A transfer station is a facility used to temporarily store solid waste before it is transported to a treatment, recycling, recovery or disposal facility. Transfer stations may store and burn clean, non-painted and non-treated wood.
The Transfer Station Chapter has been finalized and will come into effect on March 17, 2023. This update will reduce the time municipalities spend on permitting and reporting and is intended to provide flexibility to achieve environmental compliance while maintaining stable costs to communities.
If you have more questions or would like more information, you can download the Transfer Station Code Chapter Guidance Document.
Transfer stations that follow the acceptable solution in the Transfer Station Chapter are required to:
For more information about registering for and using the portal, visit Environmental Business Services.
An alternative solution applies when proposing a different approach for siting and/or construction of a transfer station or when the conditions of an acceptable solution cannot be met. These applications require preparation of an environmental protection plan (EPP).
Transfer stations following the alternative solution require approval from the Ministry of Environment prior to construction. More information can be found in the Transfer Station Code Chapter Guidance Document.
For more information, download the Transfer Station Design Plan fact sheet.
Submit the design plan through the Environment Business Services online portal.
For more information about registering for and using the portal, visit Environment Business Services.
Transfer stations should close if the owner no longer intends to accept waste or waste has not been accepted for 12 consecutive months. A closure report must be submitted after closure that indicates the steps that were taken to close the site and if any corrective measures were required to remediate the site.
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