Transfer Station History | Park Hills, MO | SFCEC | 573-431-4768

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Transfer Station History | Park Hills, MO | SFCEC | 573-431-4768

The St. Francois County Environmental Corp (SFCEC) is a not-for-profit corporation formed in 1972. Local businessmen, county and city officials, and other concerned citizens came together to handle solid waste in St. Francois County.

Today it is operated by a Board of Directors. The board is made up of a representative from each of the major cities, a permanent St. Francois County representative, a small city member, and 2 'at large' citizens from within the county. These members are all unpaid volunteers.

SFCEC currently employs 10 individuals. 7 full time and 3 part time.

The Transfer Station sits on 600 acres just west of the old Desloge chat pile. It is accessed by Landfill Road off Highway P. Landfill Road also allows day access to The Big River via what is locally known as Bone Hole.

The property was donated to St. Francois County by the St. Joe Lead Co. to be used as a landfill. It was then donated to SFCEC for the same purpose. The property would return to St. Francois County if SFCEC ever stops trash or recycling operations there.

SFCEC operated a 50 acre landfill on the site until October 8, 1993. At that time a new set of Federal laws went into effect commonly referred to as Subtitle D. These regulations made it economically impossible to continue landfill operations. The landfill was then capped with 2 feet of compacted clay and seeded. It serves today as hay fields. It seems to support vegetation remarkably well.

SFCEC continues to maintain and test strategically placed monitoring wells and 4 outfalls for storm water.

When it became evident in mid-1993 that the landfill would have to close it was decided that a transfer station would be the next best alternative. Plans were quickly put into place for the design, permitting, building and operation of the existing transfer station. Trucks and trailers as well as loaders and support equipment had to be located and purchased. A contract was signed with Allied Corp. who owned and operated a landfill just Northeast of Poplar Bluff, MO. In mid-January, 1994 the first tractor trailer of trash left for the 92 mile trip to Allied Landfill. It promptly snowed 8 inches.

In August, 2003 IESI opened a landfill near Richwoods in northeast Washington County. A more manageable 37 miles one way was quickly taken advantage of. SFCEC signed a 15 year contract which remains in effect until the year 2018. SFCEC's trailers were the first to unload at the new Timber Ridge Landfill.

In the early '90s the lead tailings caused the site to be listed on the National Priorities List. It subsequently became a superfund site due to the lead content of the mine waste. It is referred to as The Big River Mine Tailings Site. The Doe Run Co., which had purchased the holdings from St. Joe Lead, then became the Primary Responsible Party to remediate the site including the chat pile. Although SFCEC didn't share in the mining operations they were assigned a share of the responsibility for the remediation due to "beneficial use". Recognizing that a 25% share would bankrupt the organization Doe Run graciously took the lead in remediation and has spent in the millions on lead abatement in the county.

On this site alone, Doe Run, over several years, pulled back and graded slopes to a 3:1 grade, riprapped those slopes with rock, and built in terraces along with holding ponds. Work continues on the back portion of the property as soil from yards in the area is trucked in and spread on the tailings. It is then seeded, successfully bringing a halt to erosion by wind and water.

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