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 3330 N. Ramsey Road in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The facility gates open at 8:00 a.m.
every morning and close at 4:55 p.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 in front of the scalehouses.
You may proceed onto the scale when the traffic signal turns green. Please do not make any sudden stops on the scales as this creates problems
for the scale. An attendant will greet you as you pull up. You will be asked if the material you are bringing in is coming from within Kootenai
County and what type of material you have. If there is a question regarding your residency status within Kootenai County, the attendant may
ask for proof (Example: driver's license, utility bill, vehicle registration).
The scale house attendant will weigh your vehicle and code the material into the system. A card will be given to take with you during
your travels throughout the facility. This protocol allows for the tracking of the types of materials coming through the transfer stations.
The scale house attendant will then advise where to offload your materials.
Separation of Items
With the continued rapid growth of Kootenai County and an increase in the amount of material being disposed of, it is
becoming more and more important that everyone separate the materials they wish to discard. The transfer stations are set up to allow for
ease of separation of different 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
- Batteries (specific kinds only)
- Corrugated cardboard
- Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL)
- Mixed Plastic
- Mixed Paper
- Plastic Bags
- Steel & Tin Cans
- Used Motor Oil
- Tires (rimmed tires accrue fees)
- Clothing and Textiles
- Propane Tanks
- Fire Extinguishers
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, wood furniture, pallets, branches and clean (dirt free) stumps can be recycled. These items can be deposited at the wood
waste pile south of the transfer station building. This material is recycled by being chipped and shipped out to be used by many sources,
including as fuel to produce electricity. Pine needles, leaves and other yard debris do not go into the wood pile. There is a spot directly
across from the wood pile, to the north, where these materials can be deposited.
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)
The maximum length and width for acceptance is 10-feet long and 4-feet wide.
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.
*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 as well.
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 to deposit these units so they can be decommissioned by our staff. Commercial customers must
show proof of decommissioning with a completed commercial CFC removal form presented to the inbound scale house attendant before dropping
off the unit in the metal area.
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
|Electronics (Residential Customers Only)
||Rechargeable Household Batteries
||Steel & Tin Cans
|Textiles (clothing, shoes, handbags & belts)
||Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (Residential Customers Only)
The recycle islands are accessible from both sides and are situated in the middle of the traffic flow pattern for entering
and exiting the transfer station. This gives customers the option of recycling before or after 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, batteries, and CFL bulbs.
Idaho law does not allow the placement of tires or tire by-products in a landfill. Therefore, all tires deposited at the transfer
stations 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 $144.80 per ton will be assessed. Commercial customers are charged $144.80 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.
Please make sure all food items are removed
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.
Household Hazardous Waste:
A Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Facility is located onsite to responsibly dispose of all of your household chemicals.
Each facility allows residents of Kootenai County to drop off up to 10 liquid gallons of HHW per collection day. This free program
is only available to residential customers; NO commercial customers are allowed to use this service.
The collection days for hazardous waste at the Ramsey Transfer Station are Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
From June until September, HHW collection is also done on an additional day, Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you would like more
detailed information about our HHW program, please click here.
before bringing to the transfer station.
Our Environmental Technicians decommission all refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and water coolers brought in by all
residential customers prior to disposal. All residential 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.
If a commercial customer brings in any form of unit that originally contained refrigerant, it is required that each unit is certified that it
has been decommissioned prior to bringing it to the transfer station. 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. Certification forms of decommissioning for commercial entities are available at
the administration office, scale houses and here.
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.
Typically the common 5-gallon propane tanks will be disposed of near the refrigerator area, adjacent to HHW.
Used Motor Oil:
Residential customers may recycle a maximum of 10 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 containers of used motor oil into the large designated 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 stations cannot accept used motor oil from commercial or
Sharps Disposal Program:
Our employees at Solid Waste are particularly studious in recommending the utilization of our used sharps containment
receptacles at our transfer stations. This is due to:
Careless disposal of loose used needles can cause accidental sticks and pokes, which can result in illness or injury and possibly even
Loose needles in the trash jeopardize the safety of our customers and employees of the transfer stations 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 (designated sharps containers,
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 operators or the administration office.
When the jug/bottle is full, cap it tightly and bring to the transfer station any day of the week. Used needles must be transported in a
closed container; they will not be accepted if they are not contained. There are used sharps collection receptacles at both inbound and
outbound recycling areas and the sealed jugs can also be handed to the spotter on the transfer station floor for disposal.
Inert fill consists of rock, bricks, clean soil, and concrete. The Ramsey Transfer Station provides a special area
for disposal of these items. 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, if needed.
Ramsey Inert Pit accepts: concrete (with or without rebar), rock, bricks, cinder blocks, ceramic tiles, dirt, concrete with metal
or wood posts (please try to cut as much of the metal or wood off as possible). Make sure to drop off only items allowed in the inert fill
area. This is NOT the location to dispose of sod, leaves, pine needles, dirt with grass or other plants or wood. If you have any questions
about inert materials in this area at Ramsey, please ask BEFORE dropping your items.
The Prairie Transfer Station accepts inert fill as general refuse. The Prairie site does not have an inert pit; therefore, no discounted
rate is offered at this location. Customers that have large amounts of rock, brick, concrete should take these materials to the Ramsey
Transfer Station to receive the discounted rate.
If you have not disposed of all your materials into the specially designated areas, you will then be directed onto the
transfer station floor by a spotter.
The transfer station floor is a very busy place. With caution, you may enter the transfer station floor when a spot becomes available to park.
We do have an employee working on or near the floor to assist with traffic flow. 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 floor for your convenience to assist in the separation of materials. These small bins
are for wood, cardboard, metal, car batteries and tires.
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 the transfer station.
Please contact an attendant and advise them that you have ashes to dispose of and they will direct you to the appropriate location.
The administration office is located onsite at the Ramsey Transfer Station. The administration office is open Monday
through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but closed for lunch from 12:00-1:00 p.m. daily. If you have any questions or concerns, need
forms or flyers on our programs, need to speak with a manager, or drop off a bill, please don't hesitate to stop by. We are always happy
to assist you in anything you may need.
Exiting the Transfer Station
Once you have disposed of all your materials, you will proceed 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.
This concludes our virtual tour of the Solid Waste Department. We hope it was informative, relevant and offered clarity to your questions.
We look forward to seeing you soon and happy dumping.