Rural Collection System

Rural Site Locations

Kootenai County operates 12 rural residential sites for collection of household refuse. The intention of the rural sites is to provide service to those rural areas of the county that do not have private collection or other disposal facilities available locally. The rural sites are not for disposal of any commercial waste. This system is designed and contracted to collect only household refuse generated in Kootenai County. Homeowner's solid waste fees are being used every time a commercial business uses the rural system for disposal.

Rural Collection

Prohibited Materials

Prohibited materials at these sites include, but are not limited to: 

  • Appliances
  • Batteries
  • Carpet
  • Construction Materials
  • Furniture
  • Large Bulky Items
  • Liquid Waste
  • Petroleum Products
  • Tires
  • Wood or Wood Products
  • Yard Waste (Greater Than 96-Gallon Can or Equivalent)
  • Any Other Hazardous Materials

We ask that these materials be disposed of at either the Prairie or Ramsey Transfer Stations.


If you witness a violation of the posted regulations at the rural sites, including commercial disposal, please contact the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department at 208-446-1300. If you can provide a description of the vehicle, a license plate number, type of material dumped and date it occurred, there is a better chance of finding the violator.

Limited Single Stream Recycling

Limited single stream recycling is also available at the following rural sites: 

  • Athol
  • Chilco
  • Harrison Junction
  • Mica Flats
  • Rose Lake 
  • Sun Up Bay
  • Worley

Acceptable Materials

Recycling containers accept only the following types of materials: 

  • Aluminum Cans
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Junk Mail
  • Magazines
  • Newspaper
  • Office Paper
  • Paper Food Packaging (Cereal Boxes, Soda Cartons, Etc.) 
  • Phone Books

Separation of Materials

We are not able to recycle glass, plastics, metal or batteries in these containers. These recyclable materials are co-mingled and do not need to be separated. At our two northern sites, Athol and Chilco, separate cardboard bins are provided along with the single stream containers to offer more recyclable space to better suit the needs of the customers. Just place all of the acceptable recyclable items you have into the rural site recycling bins. For more information, please see the rural recycling page.