The British capital is about to become the first large metropolitan area in the world to rely on long distance railhaul for the disposal of a major part of its wastes stream. The Greater London Council (GLC), responsible to more than 7-million residents, has decided to construct three rail transfer stations. The facilities will transport 24 percent of the city's solid wastes to landfill sites beyond the county boundaries. Collectively, these will eventually handle up to 2400 tons of wastes per working day. Two of the transfer stations will be financed and built by the council and operated by the Public Health Engineering Department. In order to keep a balance and measure of competition between public and private sector operations, the council invited bids for the third project to include the provision of a complete railhaul disposal operation -- the successful bidder to finance, build and operate the transfer station on a selected site, arrange railhaul, and provide and operate a landfill. All three systems are based on the same principle -- compaction of the wastes at the transfer stations into containers meeting the international I.S.O. standards; loading the containers on to flat rail cars; off-loading at the landfill site railhead on to truck chassis for discharge at the landfill's working face.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Communication Channels, Incorporated

    461 8th Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10001
  • Authors:
    • Patrick, P K
  • Publication Date: 1977-8

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  • Accession Number: 00174386
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 18 1978 12:00AM