The construction industry generates a lot of waste. In 2018, the U.S. alone created 600 million tons of construction-related waste. It’s estimated that by the year 2025, the global construction waste total will reach 2.2 billion tons. That’s a lot of waste, and it all has to go somewhere.
Municipal solid waste (MSW) facilities and transfer stations are classified with numbers by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). But how do you know which type of facility is right for your job? We’ve broken down the classifications to make it easier. While not entirely exhaustive, this guide is a great place to get started.
Types of Waste Transfer Stations and MSW Facilities
Type I – A Type I landfill is what most people think of when they picture their city dump. It’s the standard for MSW disposal, handling everything from household waste to brush, food waste, and even asbestos.
Type IV – These sites are only allowed to accept brush, construction waste, demolition waste, and rubbish.
Type V – Type V sites are the ones that process the materials they receive. If the site transfers, incinerates, reclaims, or provides other storage for solid waste, it fits this category.
Type VI – These sites are only used for new or unproven methods of solid waste disposal.
Type VII – Type VII facilities are used for the disposal of sludges and/or similar wastes.
Type VIII – Sites with this classification are only used for tires.
Type IX – Type IX is an energy, material, gas recovery for beneficial use, or landfill mining facility located next to an existing (often closed or partially closed) landfill. New waste is not brought here.
Some types of waste cannot be brought to most of these facilities. These include, but are not limited to:
- Lead-acid storage batteries
- Do-it-yourself used motor-vehicle oil
- Used oil filters from internal combustion engines
- Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, and any other items containing any chlorinated fluorocarbon
- Liquid waste
- Regulated hazardous waste
- Polychlorinated biphenyl
- Radioactive materials
Our Waste Transfer Station
Gainsborough Waste operates two Type V dump sites in Houston. We’re fully equipped to handle the construction waste disposal needs of contractors, home builders, and DIY home improvement enthusiasts. We sort scrap metal, wood, concrete, and cardboard waste onsite so you can get back to the job.
We transfer all clean wood to a mulching facility for recycling. Any remaining materials are taken to a Type IV landfill. We’re proud to say that our process is so effective only about 25% of the material brought to us ends up in landfills.
When you’re ready to get rid of your waste, simply schedule your delivery with us. You can bring your construction waste in a truck bed or trailer. Once you’ve got everything unloaded, you can head back to your job site while we take care of the rest. It’s that easy.
Schedule Your Delivery Today
If it’s your first time using one of our dump sites, let us know! We’ll give you a $25 discount just for trying us out. We know that once you’ve used our waste transfer services, you’ll want to keep coming back.
Contact us today to schedule your construction waste delivery. We’re looking forward to working with you!