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News from Stacey Kintigh, director for solid waste in Lake County

LAKE COUNTY — Lake County Waste Management will be going through some operational changes in the upcoming weeks. Over the last couple of years with increased population growth and a construction boom, Lake County’s waste management system is being overwhelmed and in many cases, taken advantage of. In the past these sites were opened seven days a week with no oversight or monitoring. Containers meant for household garbage for rural residents are now being filled with out of county waste, construction debris, special waste and even hazardous waste. 

This activity has taken a large financial toll on Lake County’s Waste Management system. The county will be implementing changes to stop this activity and shore up our system from many different facets. Our residents have been bearing the cost of this activity and our goal is to make sure our sites are clean, monitored and here for our residents in the future. 

After numerous community meeting with residents explaining, listening, and fielding questions it is in the county’s and the resident’s best interest that these sites be monitored with county staff. Each site will have set days and hours of operation. This schedule will take effect on April 2, 2023.

Charlo: Sun., Wed., Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Ravalli: Tues., Thurs., Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Swan: Tues., Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Proctor: Sun., Tues., Thurs., Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Ferndale: Sun., Tues., Thurs., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Woods Bay: Mon., Wed., Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Landfill: Tues.-Sat., 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Transfer Station: 7 days a week, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

The county’s priority will be to have sites open more days and more hours as we move forward. Sites that are close in proximity will be open on alternating days. The Transfer Station on Reservoir Rd will continue to be open seven days a week for household garbage and recycling. If you have stumps, brush, compost, or clean concrete, those items are also excepted at the transfer station with a fee attached. All demolition, construction, pallets, dimensional lumber and furniture needs to be taken to the landfill on Kerr Dam Rd. 

If you have not received your household garbage tags or filled out the application for your tags, please contact our office at 406-883-7323 or visit the Lake County website for a PDF downloadable copy. This tag identifies you or your landlord as one that pays the $180 fee on your tax bill. This tag allows you to dump household garbage at any of our transfer sites without additional garbage fees. Tag deadline May 1. 


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