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Waste trashes transfer station Transtors

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(CNA photo by TYLER ELLYSON)
Troy Gilleland, Prairie Solid Waste Agency transfer station operator, front, and Waste Management driver Merle Witt move garbage from a Waste Management truck into a Transtor at the transfer station Tuesday afternoon. Prairie Solid Waste Agency Board is currently in negotiations with Transtor supplier VQuip over problems that have developed with the machines, which move garbage from drop-off trucks into transfer trucks, at the transfer station.

Faulty equipment at Prairie Solid Waste Agency’s (PSWA) transfer station could lead to costly repairs, or a lawsuit.

The agency, and its board, are currently in negotiations with Burlington, Ontario, Canada, company VQuip over the structural integrity of Transtors, which are bending and bulging under the weight of waste.

“We could see shortly after operations that they weren’t holding up like we had thought,” said Ron Riley, PSWA Board chairman. “There’s been some failures in them. We’ve had to have them welded a few times.”

The transfer station was equipped with three Transtors and a hydraulic system by VQuip when constructed in 2008.

These Transtors, or metal bins, are loaded with commercial and residential waste by incoming trucks. A hydraulic system then lifts the Transtors and dumps the waste into a transfer truck on a lower level. From there, the waste is taken to Metro Solid Waste Agency’s landfill in Des Moines.

PSWA Manager Amy Schultes called the Transtor flaws “a potential problem in the future,” but the question remains who is to blame?

• More of this story is availalbe in the Jan. 7 edition of the Creston News Advertiser

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