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Transfer Station

An Economical Alternative

Winnebago Landfill Company currently offers two convenient transfer station facilities for your waste disposal needs: the Princeton Transfer Station and the Freeport Transfer Station.

Transfer stations are relatively new to the waste business and have been increasingly utilized as landfills have become more regional in nature. They are generally located in areas where there are no landfills in close enough proximity to the communities they serve.

Because it is not economically feasible to haul waste in traditional garbage trucks to landfills — due to distance, fuel charges, and the need for additional refuse vehicles — transfer stations provide an affordable solution for waste disposal needs. They are an economical and convenient alternative for short haul distances; transfer station vehicles are capable of transporting much larger quantities of trash than traditional collection vehicles to regional landfills such as the Winnebago Landfill and the Rochelle Landfill.

Princeton Transfer Station

The growth along the I-80/Illinois River corridor precipitated the need for a convenient transfer station. In 2003, Illinois Valley Waste Systems, a division of Rock River Environmental Services, negotiated with the City of Princeton for the privitalization of the city-owned and operated transfer station.Illinois Valley redesigned the facility and modernized it for increased efficiency. As a result, although the original agreement had a two-year term, at the beginning of the second year, a 10-year agreement was signed between the City and Illinois Valley Waste.It is interesting to note that Illinois Valley Waste Services was the first in the area to pioneer single stream residential recycling collecting, and is totally committed to “green” services.

Freeport Transfer Station

The Winnebago Landfill Company operated the City of Freeport, Illinois municipal landfill from 1998 until it was filled to capacity and closed in 2002. The quality performance of the Winnebago Landfill Company resulted in Freeport’s decision to negotiate with a private company to develop a transfer station on the landfill property to generate fees for the city and provide efficient disposal for residents. Winnebago Landfill Company and Moring Disposal teamed up to negotiate a 25-year contract for residential collection and the operation of the transfer station. The Freeport Transfer Station, which opened in July 2006, offers disposal of municipal solid waste, recyclables, and landscapes waste.


From the start, Rock River Valley Compost’s goal has been to lead the way in residential and commercial recycling and disposal. We accomplish this through composting – the transformation of organic material (plant matter) through decomposition into a soil-like material called compost. Composting is a natural form of recycling, which continually occurs in nature. After the yard waste is ground at our facility, it is deposited in windrows where it goes through the composting cycle. Once the finished compost is screened, it is sold to and widely used by home gardeners and landscape professionals.

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