Solid Waste

Waste management protocol.

Solid waste is defined in Idaho’s Solid Waste Management Rules as follows: “Any garbage or refuse, sludge from a waste water treatment plant, water supply treatment plant, or air pollution control facility and other discarded material including solid, liquid, semi-solid, or contained gaseous material resulting from industrial, commercial, mining, and agricultural operations and from community activities, but does not include solid or dissolved materials in domestic sewage, or solid or dissolved material in irrigation return flows or industrial discharges which are point sources subject to permits under Section 402 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, as amended (86 Stat. 880), or source, special nuclear, or by-product material as defined by the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (68 Stat. 923).”

Each County in the State of Idaho is charged with the responsibility of establishing, maintaining, and operating a solid waste disposal system per Idaho Statute Title 31 Chapter 44.

The Idaho Public Health Districts and Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) share responsibility for regulating solid waste management facilities in Idaho. The roles and responsibilities of each are identified in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
In a broad sense, the MOU specifies that DEQ and the Districts will work cooperatively to prepare rules, standards, technical policies, and guidelines, and to resolve violations through education, technical assistance, and enforcement action if necessary. It also defines procedures to share and disseminate information between agencies and the public and to manage complaints.

Panhandle Health District’s role in regulating solid waste facilities includes:

  • Review applications for the operation, closure, and post-closure care plans for Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) and Non-Municipal Solid Waste Facilities (NMSWF).
  • Provide regulatory oversight of solid waste facility operations including unannounced inspections.
  • Work with Cities and Counties on solid waste management issues.
  • Investigate open dumps and attempt resolution through education and technical assistance.

Local Resources

Solid Waste

Phone: (208) 415-5220
Address: 8500 N. Atlas Rd. Hayden, ID 83835
Office Hours: 8:00am – 4:30pm