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Idaho Recycling and Solid Waste Info Guide

An overview of recycling in Idaho

Idaho doesn’t require recycling, although is supports that residents and businesses recycle through their curbside waste hauler and/or drop off recyclables at nearby recycling centers.

Idaho is unlike many states in the U.S. in that it has lots of open land for landfills. This is a good thing, but the vast landscape also creates a cost issue for recycling; trucking recyclables over long distances is expensive. Thus, it’s still more cost effective today to landfill wastes rather than to recycle.

The State’s recycling rate reflects this cost issue. Its recycling rate in 2004 was just 8.4%, good enough for 10th worst recycling rate in the nation. However, things are starting to change.

Major metro areas in Idaho have adopted curbside recycling programs, and small landfills are starting to close and are being replaced with recycling facilities.

Learn more about Idaho’s recycling initiatives here

Find an Idaho landfill

There are a plenty of municipal and non-municipal landfills, incinerators, transfer stations, wood/mill yards, processing facilities and CESQG hazardous material facilities located in the State.

You can see a list of landfill locations at the EPA website.

The Rules governing solid waste management in the State

The Department of Environmental Quality regulates the rules and statutes governing solid waste hauling and disposal in the State of Idaho.

CONTACT INFO: (208) 373-0416 or [email protected] (Dean Ehlert, DEQ Solid Waste and Emergency Response Program Coordinator)

The DEQ’s Solid Waste Management Rules spell out all the rules relating to solid waste in the State with the exception of recycling operations and backyard composting.

Tips for renting a roll-off dumpster in Idaho

5 most common dumpster styles

Commercial dumpsters – Businesses use these dumpsters for weekly or monthly garbage hauling service. They are not for temporary use.

Roll-off dumpsters – These are the containers you rent for temporary uses, such as household cleanouts, roofing projects or commercial construction.

Trailer dumpsters – Used by some dumpster rental companies, these trailers are used similarly to roll-off dumpsters but are different in that they are on wheels – this offers the benefit of being easier on your driveway.

Bag-style containers – These small bins are made from durable fabrics and plastics and range in size from 1 to 3 cubic yards and hold less than 2 tons of debris. The “Bagster” container is one such dumpster.

Lowboy dumpsters – Similar to traditional roll-off dumpsters but with low sides, making it ideal for loading heavier debris, such as dirt, roofing material, concrete, tiles and masonry.

Information about dumpster rental weight limits and overage charges

Dumpster rental providers typically put a cap on the amount of weight you can load into a dumpster due to the fact it costs them more money to dump heavier loads at local landfills. This weight limit can range from 1 ton (2,000 lbs.) to 8 tons (16,000 lbs.) or more.

Overage fees typically range between $50 per ton and $100 per ton. For example, if the weight allowance is 2,000 lbs. and your load weighs in at 2,500 lbs., you’d owe an additional 1 ton of overage charges at the $50 to $100 rate, or whatever rate your dumpster rental agreement specifies.

TIP: Be particularly careful of going over the allotted weight limit when dealing with heavier debris, such as concrete, roofing shingles, dirt or masonry.