Solid Waste Facility Tour
Touring the facility:
Come along with us on a virtual tour of the Solid Waste Department. We will start at the Ramsey Transfer
Station located at 3650 N. Ramsey Road in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The facility gates open at 8:00 a.m.
Once you have come through the gates you will come to the traffic signal in front of the inbound scale
houses. There are now two scale houses to help with traffic control into the transfer station. Please
make sure that you pay attention to the traffic signals.
You may proceed onto the scales when the traffic signal is green. Please do not make any sudden stops
as this creates problems for the scales. An attendant will greet you as you pull up. You will be asked
if the materials you are bringing are coming from within Kootenai County. If there is a question regarding
your residency status, the attendant may ask for proof. (Example: driver's license, utility bill,
The scale house attendant will then weigh your vehicle and code the materials you are bringing into the
system. A card will be given to you to take with you through your travels throughout the facility. This
procedure permits the tracking of the types of materials coming through the Transfer Station. The scale
house attendant or screener will then advise you where to offload your materials.
Separation of Items
With the continued rapid growth of Kootenai County and the increase in the amount of debris being disposed
it is becoming more and more important that everyone separate the materials they wish to dispose. The transfer
station is set up to allow for ease of separation of materials. Separation is currently done on a voluntary
basis. However, if recycling does not increase, we may be forced to make recycling mandatory.
Recyclable Materials - See the Recycling at the Transfer Station on this web site for explanation of these materials:
- Aluminum cans
- Corrugated cardboard
- Carpet Pad
- Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL)
- Mixed Plastic
- Mixed Paper
- Plastic Bags
- Steel & Tin Cans
- Nursery Containers (seasonal only)
Please use the map to learn more about the various places throughout our facility to dispose of materials.
We have attendants at the scale house and employees throughout the grounds to assist you.
Most lumber or loose pine needles, grass, and leaves, wood, branches or clean (dirt free) stumps can be
recycled or reused. These items can be deposited at the wood waste pile south of the Transfer Station
building. This material is recycled by chipping and shipped out to be used as fuel to produce electricity.
For your convenience, we have placed two trash bins at the woodpile for small quantities of other debris
such as the bags that the pine needles, leaves or grass clippings were hauled in, or for small amounts of
other garbage not allowed in this area. Large quantities of other debris should be deposited inside the
Transfer Station building.
We accept almost any metal item including, but not limited to the following: The maximum length and
width for acceptance is 10-feet long and 4-feet wide.
||Car Body Parts (Parts Only)
These materials are collected at the metal pile just southeast of the Transfer Station building entrance.
(See map for location). If you have a small quantity of metal, it can be deposited in
the bins available on the Transfer Station floor.
Examples: stoves, ranges, hot water tanks, car axles (no tires allowed).
Bicycles and Lawn mowers go to a separate area to be broken down before recycling in the metals area.
BBQ and Wood Stoves are separated out and processed before going to the metal area.
Refrigerators, Freezers and Air Conditioning Units must be decommissioned prior to going to the metal area.
Residential customers will be directed to the proper area for these units so they can be decommissioned by
Express Lane (Z-Walls):
This area was created in 2003 to help with the traffic flow of the transfer station. All items that are
bagged and not loose or if you have 2 or 3 cans of waste, you can deposit directly into a trailer in this
area. The scale house attendant or screener will advise which slots are currently open for use. This
allows a customer to dispose of their materials without having to enter the transfer station building.
Please use caution in this area as there is a lot of heavy equipment traffic.
The Recycling Island:
The row of collection boxes and green bins located just inside and just before exiting the Transfer Station accepts the following commodities:
|Electronics (Residential Customers Only)
||Steel & Tin Cans
|Mixed Plastic Containers
|Textiles (clothing, shoes, handbags & belts)
||Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (Residential Customers Only) Accepted only on HazMat Collection Days
||Nursery containers are collected seasonally (2 gallon and larger only)
The Recycling Island is accessible from both sides and is situated in the middle of the traffic flow pattern
for entering and exiting the Transfer Station. This gives customers the option of recycling before they dispose
of their other waste.
All members of the general and commercial public are encouraged to recycle. However, there are a few
recycling commodities which cannot be accepted from commercial sources: used motor oil, automobile
batteries and household batteries.
Carpet Pad: Another item that is recycled inside the transfer station building is carpet pad.
Check with an attendant to see if the type of carpet pad you have is recyclable and they will direct you to
the appropriate location for recycling.
Idaho law does not allow the placement of tires or tire by-products in a landfill. Therefore, all tires
deposited at the Transfer Station are recycled. There are bins located inside the Transfer Station for tires.
Customers are asked to place their tires in the bins labeled "Tires". Large amounts of tires or commercial
customers will be directed to the loading area north of the Transfer Station. Residential customers are
permitted to dispose of up to 8 regular sized vehicle tires (all must be rimless) at no charge. Any tire on
a rim (from residential or commercial customers) will be charged a fee. If a residential customer has more
than 8 regular tires a charge of $137.81 per ton will be assessed. Commercial customers are charged $137.81
per ton for regular sized rimless tires. There are additional charges for over-sized tires. No oversized
tires are accepted on rims. See the scale house attendant for details on oversized tire prices.
Tires are loaded and trucked to a recycling facility one to two times a week. The majority of the tires are
chipped and used as a fuel source; others are used for rubberized running tracks, shoe soles, playground cover
and crumb rubber asphalt in roads.
Please make sure all food items are removed
before bringing to the transfer station.
Please make sure all food items are removed
before bringing to the transfer station.
Our Environmental Technicians must decommission all refrigerators and air conditioners brought in by any
residential customer prior to disposal. If a commercial customer brings in either of these items, it is
required that each unit is certified that it has been decommissioned prior to bringing it to the Transfer
Station. Certification forms for commercial entities are available at the Administration Office and the Scale
House. All refrigerators and air conditioning units are stored in a designated area adjacent to the Household
Hazardous Waste Facility (HHW).
All materials must be removed from inside the refrigerator or freezer before dropping it off.
Refrigeration Unit Acceptance Policies (Acrobat)
Commercial customers who bring in refrigerators and/or air conditioning units that have already been properly
decommissioned, should transport the compressors in separately. The compressors are not a recyclable material and
commercial customers will be charged for their disposal.
Before bringing your propane tanks to the transfer station for disposal, check with the local propane dealers to
see if they can take them. Please notify the scale house attendant that you have a propane tank to dispose of and
they will direct you to the proper area for disposal.
Used Motor Oil:
Residential customers may recycle a maximum of 5 gallons of used motor oil per day. Uncontaminated (not mixed with
water, antifreeze or other fluids) motor oil in tightly sealed containers may be placed in the marked bins inside the
Transfer Station. Our attendants will empty the bottles, containers or jugs of used motor oil into the large tanks.
Please do not attempt to do this on your own. If your oil is in a container you wish to keep, simply notify the scale
house attendant when you enter the facility. You will then be directed inside the Transfer Station where an attendant
will empty the oil and return the container to you. The Transfer Station cannot accept used motor oil from commercial
or business entities.
Used Sharps Disposal Program
Careless disposal of loose used needles can cause accidental sticks and pokes, which can result in illness or
injury and possibly even death.
Loose needles in the trash jeopardize the safety of our customers and employees of the Transfer Station and landfill.
The County's commitment to safe and efficient service is demonstrated by the creation of the Used Sharps Disposal Program.
Used sharps must be transported and disposed of in a thick-walled plastic jug, which can be tightly capped. (Bleach
bottles, detergent bottles and milk jugs work best). Do not use plastic pop bottles, as the plastic is not thick enough
to avoid punctures. Clearly mark the bottle as "Used Sharps". Decals are available from the scale house operator.
When jug/bottle is full, cap tightly and bring to the Transfer Station on any day of the week. Used needles must be
transported in a container. They will not be accepted if they are not in containers.
Upon entering, notify the scale house attendant you have a sharps container. They will notify a spotter who will accept
the jug from you on the Transfer Station floor.
This material consists of rock, bricks, clean soil, and concrete, which are not contaminated by biodegradable materials or
petroleum products. The Transfer Station maintains a special area for inert fill behind the Transfer Station building. The
Health Department regulations prohibit the disposal of biodegradable materials in this area. Ask the Transfer Station personnel
for directions to the inert fill area.
Make sure that you drop off only the items allowed in this area. This is not the area to dispose of sod, leaves, pine
needles, dirt with grass or other plants.
What is accepted: concrete, rock, brick, cinder blocks, ceramic tiles, dirt, metal poles that have concrete attached
(please try to remove as much of the metal as possible), wood poles with concrete attached (please try to remove as much of
the wood as possible).
It is very important when dropping materials off in this section that only the items accepted be placed here. No organic
materials can be disposed of in this area. If you have any questions about what can or cannot be placed in this area, please
ask before dropping items.
Asphalt is stored here to be reused for road base at the landfill.
If you have not disposed of all your materials by this time, you will be directed onto the transfer station floor by a spotter.
The transfer station floor is a very busy place. For your safety, an employee will guide you in parking on the floor. It is
important that while you are on the transfer station property, you refrain from using your cellular telephone.
Also to help protect our customers and employees, please turn off your vehicle while you are unloading and disposing of your waste.
There are bins located on the transfer station for your convenience to assist in the separation of your materials. These bins
are for wood, cardboard, metal, tires, and carpet pad.
Children and pets are required to stay inside your vehicle at all times.
Smoking is prohibited, except in designated smoking areas.
We provide ash bins for the safe disposal of fireplace, wood stove, or burn barrel ash. Ashes should never be transported in
plastic or paper containers. Please make sure that the ashes have been extinguished prior to bringing them to a site. Please
contact an attendant and advise them that you have ashes to dispose of and they will direct you to the appropriate location.
Exiting the Transfer Station
Once you have disposed of your materials, you need to go to one of the outbound scale houses.
The card that was given to you at the inbound scale house should now be turned over to the attendant. Your vehicle will be weighed
and the amount of waste you disposed will be recorded.
If there are any charges for the disposal, the attendant will inform you and collect monies before you leave.