Rural Collection Systems
Kootenai County operates a rural system for the collection of household refuse from our county's rural customers.
The intention of the rural system is to provide service to those rural residential areas of the county that do not
have private collection or other disposal facilities available locally. We do encourage collection for your
convenience and have found it to be at a very reasonable cost.
This system is designed and contracted to collect only household refuse. It is not intended for the collection of
other materials such as tires, wood, construction debris (sheet rock, concrete, etc.) appliances, furniture, hazardous
waste and large bulky items. We ask that you dispose of these materials at the
or Prairie Ave. Transfer Station
The rural system is not for disposal of commercial or business generated waste. Homeowner's solid waste fees are
being used every time a commercial business uses the rural system for disposal.
If you witness a violation of the posted regulations, including commercial disposal, please contact the
Kootenai County Sheriff's Department at (208) 446-1300. If you can provide a description of the vehicle and a license plate
number, there is a better chance of finding the violator.
We also provide limited recycling opportunities at the rural sites. The only materials accepted are aluminum cans, mixed paper and cardboard.
These recyclable materials are co-mingled and do not need to be separated. Just place all of the acceptable recyclable items you have into the
Rural Site Recycling Bin. This simple process makes using the recycling bin just as easy as the trash bin. Unfortunately due to high
transportation costs, plastics are NOT accepted in this program.
For more information, download our Rural Systems Flyer here.
The Rural Collection System is broken down into three Categories:
Northern Route: All North sites are currently staffed seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Chilco: 20835 N Ramsey Road, Rathdrum - located on Ramsey Road between Chilco and Diagonal Roads.
- Athol: 7222 E. Howard Road, Athol - located North of State Highway 54 east of Athol
- Mica Flats: Kidd Island Rd. adjacent to Worley Highway District Shop
- Sun-up Bay Road: Adjacent to Alexandria Rest Stop
- Worley: 9725 W B Street, Worley – located just off Cave Bay Road
- Blue Creek Bay: Intersection of Yellowstone Trail Rd & Blue Creek Rd.
- Wolf Lodge: Intersection of Wolf Lodge Rd & I-90
- Rose Lake Junction: Intersection of State Highway 3 & I-90
- Rose Lake: On State Highway 3 at Rose Lake Village
- Valley Mart: On State Highway 3 at Valley Mart Store
- Harrison Junction: State Highway 97 on North side of Cd'A River
- Carlin Bay: Carlin Creek Rd 1/2 mile east of State Highway 97
- East Point: 45351 S. Highway 97, Harrison – located at the intersection of East Point Road and Highway 97
Kootenai County Code, Title 4, Chapter 3, Section 15 states the following:
- Disposal Of Hazardous Or Dangerous Waste Material: It shall be unlawful and a violation of this chapter for any person to deposit or dispose
or in any way aid or assist in the deposition or disposal of, or provide for delivery of, any hazardous waste material within the Kootenai County
waste disposal system or anywhere within Kootenai County. Nothing in this chapter is intended to conflict with the provisions of the Idaho hazardous
waste management act from Idaho Code section 39-4401 et seq., or any other state or federal regulation.
Improper Disposal At Approved Rural Residential Collection Site:
The county maintains rural residential collection sites solely for the use of its residential citizens who reside on properties that have paid
the county solid waste fee, as defined in the current fee resolution.
Rural residential collection sites are for garbage generated from residential dwellings. Prohibited are any commercial waste, yard waste
(greater than three 32-gallon cans or equivalent [96 gallons]), tires, batteries, construction materials, appliances, furniture, carpet, large
bulky items, liquid waste, wood or wood products, petroleum products or any other hazardous material (as defined in federal code and/or on the
label of the container).
Any person who deposits or disposes of any hazardous or otherwise dangerous waste matter at, or provides for delivery of same to an approved
solid waste rural residential collection site, transfer station or landfill, shall be liable for the full costs of controlling or eliminating any
posed health hazard and/or properly disposing of said dangerous materials, as may be incurred by the county or any other public agency.
Persons shall comply with all signs posted by the county at rural residential collection sites, transfer stations and landfills.
Any person, commercial or industrial entity, or commercial hauler who deposits or disposes of any waste that is prohibited, as defined herein, at, or provides for delivery of same to an approved rural residential collection site, shall be liable for the penalties articulated below, as well as criminal fines.
- Covered Loads:
- Vehicle Requirements: No vehicle shall be driven or moved on any street or highway unless the vehicle is so constructed, covered or loaded
as to prevent:
- Any of its contents or load from dropping, sifting or leaking; and
- The possibility of any of its contents or load from blowing, spilling or otherwise escaping therefrom.
- Throwing or Depositing Materials:
- No person shall throw or deposit, nor shall the registered owner or the driver, if such owner is not then present in the vehicle, aid
or abet in the throwing or depositing upon any street or highway any bottle, can, garbage, glass, nail, offal, paper, wire, burning materials,
any substance likely to injure or damage traffic using the highway, or any noisome, nauseous or offensive matter of any kind.
- No person shall place, deposit or dump or cause to be placed, deposited, or dumped, any rocks, refuse, garbage, or dirt in or upon any
street or highway, including any portion of the right of way thereof, without the consent of the state or local agency having jurisdiction over
the street or highway.
- Unauthorized Deposits: No person shall deposit upon any public or private property any debris, paper, litter, bottles, glass, nails,
tacks, hooks, cans, barbed wire, boards, trash, garbage, lighted material or other waste substances on any place not authorized by any county,
city, village or the owner of such property.