Household Hazardous Waste
You may not realize it, but hazardous materials surround you. Many items you normally use around the house
could pose a serious threat to your family's health and/or the environment. Motor oil, car batteries, cleaners
with acid, ammonia, or lye, pool chemicals, paint and paint thinner, turpentine, solvents, as well as pesticides,
herbicides and other lawn and garden products can all mean trouble if not disposed of properly.
Fortunately, Kootenai County, in association with the Division of Environmental Quality, provides free household
hazardous waste collection. The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility located at the Ramsey Transfer Station
accepts hazardous waste only from homes in Kootenai County.
NO COMMERCIAL HAZARDOUS MATERIALS ARE ACCEPTED.
Just bring in your Household hazardous products, preferably in their original containers. There is a 5-gallon limit
per household per collection day. Please pack the waste containers in a box and be careful not to spill them when
HHW collection days for the Ramsey Transfer Station are Wednesday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
HHW collection days for the Prairie Transfer Station are Friday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Do not
leave your materials outside the gates. No hazardous waste can be collected at any other time.
Hazardous Waste Materials consist of the following items:
CFL (compact fluorescent lightbulbs) are recycled on hazmat days.
Questions on how to properly dispose prescription medications: Click here for flyer
Home: Paint, thinners, solvents, cleaning fluids, adhesives & glues and stains.
Lawn/Garden: Pesticides, herbicides, rodent poison, garden dusts, tree spray, and Weed & Feed.
Auto: Gasoline, diesel, antifreeze, contaminated oil* and carburetor cleaners.
(*Contaminated oil is used oil that has been mixed with water, antifreeze or other fuels)
DO NOT MIX SEPARATE PRODUCTS TOGETHER
Anything with a label that uses any of the following: Caution, flammable, Poison, Dangerous, etc. should be considered
household hazardous materials and brought in on the appropriate collection days.
How to use the HHW facility
Please tell the scale house attendant that you have hazardous waste for disposal, even if it is only a small amount.
This gives the attendant a chance to radio HHW and let them know of your pending arrival.
Please turn off your vehicle when you arrive at the collection location.
NO SMOKING - Please extinguish all smoking materials for your safety and the safety of our employees.
Stay in your vehicle. For your safety, you are not allowed outside your vehicle in the collection area.
An attendant will be with you shortly. If, after a short while, an attendant is not with you, please honk your horn.
The attendants have other responsibilities and are sometimes working with noisy machinery that would inhibit them from
hearing your arrival.
Be prepared to inform the attendant of the type, quantity of the waste and where it is located in your vehicle.
The attendant will remove the waste from your vehicle.
According to federal law all commercial hazardous waste generators are responsible for the proper disposal of their hazardous
waste. The HHW facility cannot accept any commercial hazardous waste. Please click here for an
alternate drop-off location of hazardous waste.
Commercial generators of hazardous waste cannot dispose of these types of materials within the Kootenai County Solid Waste
System. Currently the solid waste department has an agreement with Phillip Environmental Services to provide an area on the
transfer station facility to conduct transactions with commercial customers.
Small quantity generators of hazardous materials should contact the Solid Waste Department at 446-1430.
Household Hazardous Waste Exchange Program: The Solid Waste Department offers a
material exchange program. Usable HHW products may be dropped off or obtained through this program. Many household products that
are still usable are placed on a cart outside the facility for reuse. Residents of Kootenai County, over the age of 18, are able
to select up to five products free of charge to be reused. Please click here for information
on the Material Reuse Program.
It is open only to residents of Kootenai County. No commercial businesses may use
the program. For further information regarding this program, please call 446-1430.
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