The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) provides solid waste disposal services to the Solid Waste Member Cities which consist of, Allen, Frisco, McKinney, Plano, and Richardson as well as Collin County and surrounding counties. The Lookout Drive Transfer Station reconstruction is a NTMWD project designed to increase operating efficiency and meet the future service demands of our customers.
The Lookout Drive Transfer Station, located at 1601 E. Lookout Dr. in Richardson, is one of three transfer stations owned and operated by NTMWD. Transfer stations serve as a waypoint for solid waste, where waste is transferred from smaller capacity hauling vehicles to larger capacity NTMWD tractor trailers, then transported to the 121 Regional Disposal Facility in Melissa. This transfer process saves money by ensuring that waste collection vehicles do not have to travel the additional distance to the landfill and reduces traffic and vehicle emissions associated with less trucks on the road. Age and use have made a total reconstruction of the Lookout Drive Transfer Station necessary.
Permitting and Project Development
On Sept. 18, 2014, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) issued final approval of Municipal Solid Waste Permit No. 53A (Lookout Drive Transfer Station). In doing so, the TCEQ approved numerous operational changes to the existing permit, including maximum waste acceptance limits and improved strategies to control wind-blown litter, odor, noise, pest control and storm water. The City of Richardson and NTMWD worked closely together to ensure the newly permitted and constructed Lookout Drive Transfer Station followed all requirements approved by the TCEQ, as well as all local codes and ordinances.
Construction is now complete and the new facility accepted the first load from the City of Richardson on Aug. 14, 2017. We are already seeing significant operational benefits from the new state-of-the-art facility. The top-load design allows for larger loads which reduces the number of trips to the landfill, fuel costs, emissions and vehicle wear and tear. Demolition of the old facility is already underway and is expected to be completed in late September.