City of Berkeley Solid Waste & Recycling Transfer Station

Berkeley, CA

Currently in development, the City of Berkeley proposes to rebuild and modernize their existing 7.45 acre recycling and transfer station facility. The goal of the first phase was to prepare a feasibility study and develop two concept design approaches for financial feasibility that would lead to the next step of a CEQA review prior to final design and construction.

The proposed improvements would total over 90,000 SF and would include a larger public buyback and drop-off center, new MRF with a modern dual-stream processing system, new larger fully enclosed transfer station, and a new vehicle maintenance facility. The proposed public buyback and drop-off center is designed as a community amenity that will embody the City’s commitment to Zero Waste and sustainability goals. Other features would include an education center, public meeting space, process viewing galleries and spaces for local artisans. The site improvements would include a recycled art garden, urban streetscape elements and public access via a Creek Walk to the Codornices Creek ecosystem improvements. Sustainability design elements and use of renewable energy are central to the design of this facility. They include rainwater harvesting, extensive daylighting, photovoltaics and building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) as well as wind turbines will be featured.

Note: JRMA is the lead firm with the Zero Waste Collaborative, a partnership of solid waste professionals for this project.

Project Facts
Location: Berkeley, CA
Completion: 2019
Site Area: 7.45 Acres
Total Building Area: 90,000 SF
Permitted Tonnage: 620 TPD
Service Type: Feasibility Study and Master Plan
LEED Certification: Projected for LEED Platinum
Operational Benefits:
Public buyback and recycling drop-off that encourages community use for separation and reuse.
Improved circulation and queuing.
Sustainability features and renewable energy systems. 
Enclosed operations and air quality management. 
Improved mechanized recycling system (dual-stream MRF).
Community facilities i.e. Education Center, public meeting room, artisan space, and creek walk.