Managing Transfer Station Systems

  1. online


    Online courses typically start at 8:00 am and go until approximately 4:00 pm Mountain (Alberta) Time.

    You will require a computer, video camera and internet connection. If you are taking this for CEUs you will be required to be visible via video camera


    live online classroom (via Zoom)

    SWANA Members: $1050/person plus GST
    Non-Members: $1200/person plus GST

    Please register with plenty of lead time so we can ship the course manual (textbook) to you. We cannot guarantee that you will have your course manual in time if you register less than 10 business days prior to course begin.

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This course addresses the factors in the design, operation and management of a transfer station. It deals with how to effectively communicate and overcome the challenges in planning and operating a transfer station and how the planning and design impact construction and operation.

(2 days; optional written exam)

Earn 30 SWANA PDHs and/or 1.8 CEUs towards your Alberta Landfill Operator Certification

Course Objectives

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss and understand the steps, factors, local requirements in site selection and development and conceptual design
  • Describe site specific characteristics such as peak flows, waste processing and hauling technologies, and building design
  • Implement procedures in protecting transfer station property, identifying problematic waste and compliance requirements
  • Minimize risk to personnel, maintain and properly use diverse equipment
  • Plan and ensure all regulatory requirements and develop a comprehensive recordkeeping program are incorporated.
  • Employ proactive communication with employers, customers, and general public

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for Transfer Station managers, developers, consulting engineers, and transfer haul drivers.

Course Content

The course consists of lectures, class activities, exercises, and a facility tour (when available in proximity to the class location) to see theory in everyday practice. The text for the course is Managing Transfer Stations Systems. This comprehensive manual details the following topics with supplemental images, graphs, examples and exercises. It serves as an On-the-Job reference.

  • Siting and Conceptual Design
  • Transfer Station Design
  • Operational Efficiency and Maintenance of Transfer Stations
  • Waste Screening
  • Equipment Operation and Maintenance
  • Emergency and Contingency Plans
  • Regulatory and Permit Compliance
  • Protection of Human Health and the Environment Record Keeping
  • Effective Communication