Solid Waste Department
The County operates a full service transfer station at 52619 Silver Valley Road just east of Kellogg. The facility is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., seven (7) days a week with the exception of the following holidays: New Year's Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Since the closure of our landfill in 1993, we transport our garbage to a landfill in Missoula, Montana daily using semi-tractor/trailer equipment.
We accept household garbage, commercial garbage, construction waste and inert material for disposal. We also accept recycling items such as newspaper, magazines, car batteries, antifreeze, cardboard, aluminum cans, plastic bottles and milk jugs, appliances, scrap metal, and cooking oil. Household size refrigerators and air conditioners are processed to remove CFC's, oil and compressors prior to final disposal. Wood waste is accepted and transported to an off-site wood waste processing location.
We accept used motor oil along with small quantities of gasoline and diesel. These items are placed in a collection tank and transported to one of the county road maintenance shops for heating fuel.
We operate an unattended rural collection site located in Murray, ID that services residents in the upper Coeur d'Alene river area. Three 40-yard collection bins are provided for the disposal of garbage, wood waste and metal. The bins are transported to the transfer station where the contents are introduced into our system.
A private contractor provides collection bins and transports the contents to our transfer station from the St. Joe corridor and Clarkia areas.
We maintain and operate a small operation located at the site of the County's old Polaris Landfill near Big Creek. This site is used for the final disposal of inert materials such as concrete, brick, etc. We also conduct a modified composting operation for grass clippings and leaves at this site to supplement on-site ground cover.
To enhance our recycling program, 17-yard recycle bins are located at seven locations throughout the county. They are located at strategic locations so that our citizens may conveniently participate in our recycling efforts.