Recycling

Recycling is a key to waste diversion. The old adage of "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" continues to be a basic premise of the integrated solid waste system in Kootenai County. Convenience is a major factor in the success of a recycling program. All members of the general and commercial public are encouraged, but not required, to recycle. However, there are a few recycling commodities which cannot be accepted from commercial sources: used motor oil, automobile batteries and household batteries.

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Transfer Stations

Both transfer stations have easily accessible green bins and designated areas for each type of recycling available to the public. Recycling collection areas are centrally located within each station and accessible before and after disposal of general refuse.

Recycling Commodities

We offer recycling of these commodities:

  • Aluminum Cans
  • Batteries - automobile and rechargeable household
  • Corrugated Cardboard - this includes brown paper bags
  • Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL)
  • Mixed Paper - No plastic or wax coated papers or wrapping paper.   No paper that has been contaminated by food (pizza boxes, take out containers, paper towels)  Acceptable examples include:
    • Beer and Soft Drink Pressed Paper Boxes
    • Cereal Boxes
    • Junk Mail
    • Magazines
    • Office Paper
    • Paper Egg Cartons
    • Paper Tubes
    • Phone Books
    • Scrap Paper
  • Mixed Plastics - does not include Number 6 (Styrofoam), Number 3 (PVC), or Number 7 Plastics (Other). Examples include:
    • Any Plastic Box (Metal Components Removed)
    • Clean Plastic Buckets (Metal Handles Must Be Removed)
    • Detergent Bottles
    • Film Containers
    • Food Containers (Must Be Triple Rinsed):
      • Margarine Containers
      • Salad Dressing Bottles
      • Yogurt Containers
      • Cheese Tubs
    • Medication Bottles (Remove Prescription Labels)
    • Plastic Coffee Containers
    • Plastic Fruit and Other Containers
    • Plastic Milk Jugs
    • Pop and Water Bottles
  • Newspaper - includes white packing paper
  • Plastic Bags (grocery bags)
  • Steel and Tin Cans - please rinse
  • Clothing and Textiles - includes shoes, handbags and belts
  • Used Motor Oil - Residential Customers Only- 5 liquid gallons per day limit
  • Tires - Up to 8 passenger tires - fees charged for oversized and rimmed tires
  • Propane Tanks
  • Fire Extinguishers

Prepared Recyclables

We ask that all recyclables are properly prepared before being brought to transfer stations. Please rinse all plastic jugs and containers, remove packing and flatten boxes, remove labels and rinse cans, refrain from recycling containers that contained any type of oil and only donate clean clothing and textiles. If any questions or concerns arise, please ask either a scale house attendant or other employee.

Additional Information

  • If you are interested in recycling available at our rural collection systems, please see Rural Recycling.
  • If you are interested in curbside recycling, please call the garbage hauler who services your area.
    Coeur d'Alene Garbage/Post Falls Sanitation
    Phone: 208-457-1820