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Transfer Station Proposed for Moline

a drawing of the transfer station that would be located on 47th Street, near 78th Avenue, in Moline
Lakeshore Recycling Systems
a drawing of the transfer station that would be located on 47th Street, near 78th Avenue, in Moline

Hoping to control future garbage costs and bring back recycling dropoff centers, Moline is working with a private company to open a transfer station.

City Administrator Bob Vitas says Lakeshore Recyling Systems would use 10 acres on land owned by the Quad Cities International Airport. Garbage trucks would unload, the garbage and recyclables would be separated, and then trucked to their final destination.

"Their goal was to put a transfer station in so that you can basically become more efficient and streamlined, and basically taking waste and recyclables and hauling them to either of the two local landfills or taking the recyclables over to Scott County."

There are two landfills in Rock Island County, and Lakeshore owns one just east of the Quad Cities, in Atkinson.

Vitas says the airport, Moline, and the county's waste management agency would all earn money from the transfer station, and it would compete with other providers.

"And of course, that means that there is another player in the marketplace which means more competition which will force the others to lower their rates. So at the end of the day it actually translates into potential savings for the consumers here."

It could take six months or longer for local and state approvals of the project, which could then open sometime next year (2024).

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.