Cathy Mayer
Solid Waste Director
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P: (208) 446-1430

Ramsey Address:
3650 Ramsey Road
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83815
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Post Falls Address:
15580 W Prairie Ave
Post Falls, ID 83854
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Admin Business Hours:
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

Admin Office Closed for Lunch:
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Gate Closes to Public at 4:55pm
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Frequently Asked Questions


  1. What is a transfer station?

  2. When are the transfer stations open?

  3. Where are the transfer stations located?

  4. Does the county pickup my garbage?

  5. Who picks up garbage in Kootenai County?

  6. Is the landfill located on Ramsey Road?

  7. How much will it cost to bring my garbage to the transfer station?

  8. I live closer to the Fighting Creek Landfill than the transfer stations. Can I bring my garbage directly to the landfill?

  9. I cannot get a garbage service to come to my home and the transfer stations are too far. What are my options?

  10. When can I dispose of paint, gasoline and other household hazardous waste?

  11. Why don't you recycle any other items?

  12. How can I dispose of asbestos?

  13. Can we take a tour of the facilities?

  14. What does the solid waste fee with my property tax billing pay?



Solid Waste

What is a transfer station?

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A transfer station is a facility where refuse is separated and processed for either recycling or shipment to a landfill.

When are the transfer stations open?

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The transfer stations are open to the general public seven days a week. The entry gates open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 4:55 p.m. We request that everyone have their vehicles unloaded and out of the facilities by 5:00 p.m. daily.

Where are the transfer stations located?

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The Ramsey Transfer Station is located at 3650 N. Ramsey Road in Coeur d'Alene. The closest cross streets are Appleway (to the south) and Kathleen Avenue (to the north). Watch for the signs in the center median on Ramsey Road.

The Prairie Transfer Station is located at 15580 W. Prairie Avenue in Post Falls. The closest intersection is N. Pleasant View Road and Prairie Avenue. The public entrance to the transfer station is just east of the intersection.

Does the county pickup my garbage?

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No. Kootenai County only provides transfer stations, landfill services and rural collection locations. You must contact a private hauler to pick up your garbage at your home or business.

Who picks up garbage in Kootenai County?

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The following companies provide garbage collection services in Kootenai County.

Coeur d'Alene Garbage/Post Falls Sanitation -- 457-1820
Waste Management of Idaho -- 765-4968
City of Worley (within city limits only) -- 686-1258
Lenz Sanitation -- 765-5233
Southlake Services -- 686-9262
Harrison Sanitation -- 689-3215

Is the landfill located on Ramsey Road?

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No. The facility at Ramsey Road is simply a transfer station; garbage is no longer buried at this site. All garbage from our transfer stations is put into trailers and hauled to the Fighting Creek Landfill, located on Highway 95, south of Coeur d'Alene.

How much will it cost to bring my garbage to the transfer station?

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Residents of Kootenai County pay an annual fee that is included in their tax statement. Upon payment of the annual fee, residents are permitted to dispose of up to 2000 pounds of household waste and yard debris associated with their residential property for free (Note: Roofing materials and tires on rims are charged to everyone). There may be additional fees for disposal of certain items. Please refer to the Fee Structure Page for more details.

I live closer to the Fighting Creek Landfill than the transfer stations. Can I bring my garbage directly to the landfill?

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No. The landfill is not designed to handle traffic from the general public. All garbage is unloaded from the transfer trailers directly into the active landfill refuse area. All landfill access is designed for heavy equipment and semi-trucks.

I cannot get a garbage service to come to my home and the transfer stations are too far. What are my options?

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The county operates a rural collection system for general residential household garbage. There are 13 different locations throughout the county which have refuse containers for the use and convenience of our rural residents. For limitations on what is accepted at these rural sites, please refer to the Rural Collection Section of this web site. The rural sites are NOT for disposal of any commercial waste.

When can I dispose of paint, gasoline and other household hazardous waste?

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Both transfer stations have Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection sites. Ramsey Transfer Station in Coeur d'Alene has collection days on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. During the months of June through September, Ramsey is also open on Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Prairie Transfer Station in Post Falls has collection days on Fridays and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please wait for a technician to assist you at the HHW collection area. Do not leave your materials outside the gates. No hazardous waste can be collected at any other time besides the designated collection dates and times. This service is for residential customers only. NO commercial hazardous waste is allowed. There is a 10 gallon limit per collection day per collection site. If you would like more information on this program, please refer to the Household Hazardous Waste section.

Why don't you recycle any other items?

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Certainly there are more materials capable of being recycled than what is collected through the Kootenai County recycling programs. However, the key to successful programs is locating markets first, and then establishing collections.

Idaho, unlike Washington or Oregon, does not mandate recycling. States with mandated requirements of waste reduction and recycling have attracted both large and small processors and end users to their areas. These companies are assured a flow of materials due to the state mandates and taxpayer subsidies. Idaho does not have any such mandates or industries at this time. We ship our materials to distant markets and are therefore subject to the high costs of shipping.

As more local markets become available, our recycling collection will continue to expand.

How can I dispose of asbestos?

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The disposal of Asbestos is governed by the EPA. There are specific requirements that must be met before the disposal of Asbestos can take place. There are specific forms that must accompany each and every load that is brought for disposal. Please see the section on Asbestos for further details.

Can we take a tour of the facilities?

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The Solid Waste Department provides guided tours of the landfill and transfer station facilities. Please contact the administration office at (208) 446-1430 to make arrangements for tours.

What does the solid waste fee with my property tax billing pay?

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The intent of the residential solid waste fee is for normal household waste, created by day to day residential living. The fee is based on a residential lifestyle that creates normal waste not to exceed three (3) thirty-two (32) gallon cans per week.

Waste such as vehicle tires, vehicle batteries, roofing materials, construction or demolition materials, appliances, furniture, carpet, large bulky items, wood or wood products, and hazardous materials are not covered under the residential solid waste fee. These wastes and others materials may be subject to additional charges.


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Physical Address: 451 Government Way, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814 Mailing Address: PO Box 9000, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83816-9000
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