Common Questions

  • What are your hours? 
         We are open seven days a week from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm.

  • When are the best days? Hours?
    Weekends are the busiest, but if you come early in the morning, we are the least busy. We have two scales to check out at. Note that even if you enter through the main entrance, you can elect to exit from either scale houses; they are linked together for your convenience.

  • Are you closed on holidays?
    We are open seven days a week from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, including almost all holidays. Please check for limited hours on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.

  • I'm a first timer,"What Do I Do?"
    See our "What do I do?" page for a visual walk though for new customers.

  • Do I need to wait in line if I'm just dropping off recyclables?
    For paper, cardboard, cans, bottles you must check in and out at the scales and pay the recycle fee. For list of acceptable recycle material, click here.

  • Where are you located?
    Use Google map or Bing Map to locate us at 4916 Labounty Drive, Ferndale, WA 98248.

  • Do you take check? Cash? Credit Card?
    We accept cash, checks*, and credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover). *A $30.00 fee applies to all NSF checks.

  • Do I need an appointment?
    No. We are open from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm everyday including most holidays.

  • Can you come to my house or business to pickup?
    RDS is a recycling and disposal transfer station. We do not make "house calls." Our customers bring their materials to us by truck or car.
    For home pickup, you need to contact other companies. We have provided a list of companies on our HOME page that you can contact to make the needed arrangements for residential pickup.

  • Can I dispose of paint?
    We accept latex and water based paint for disposal as long as it is solidified. We cannot accept liquids, so you must allow your paint to dry out before bringing it in for disposal. You may mix in kitty litter or sawdust to speed up the process. We do not accept oil based paint because it is considered toxic. Please please call Whatcom County's Disposal of Toxics at (360) 380-4640. for information regarding disposal of oil based paint.

  • Can I dispose of a lawn mower?
    We do accept lawn mowers as long as the oil and gas has been drained. See our Rates page for Metal Recycling cost.

  • Can I dispose of batteries?
    Car batteries are accepted for recycling at RDS. Our standard household garbage rates apply. Please inform scalehouse staff when you come in if you have a car battery that you will be dropping off. At this time we do not have a recycling program for batteries other than lead acid batteries.

  • Can I dispose of a microwave?
    Yes. Standard household garbage rates apply to microwaves.

  • Can I dispose of a mattress?
    Yes. Standard household garbage rates apply to the disposal of mattresses.

  • Can I dispose of fluorescent light bulbs?
    No. Please call the please call Whatcom County's Disposal of Toxics at (360) 380-4640 for information on disposing of fluorescent light bulbs.

  • Can I dispose of a propane tank?
    Yes. We charge a $5.00 fee (not including tax) to recycle a propane tank. Propane tanks are taken to a propane company that can properly handle them so they may be recycled.

  • Can I recycle electronics?
    The following electronics are accepted for recycling: televisions: computer monitors, computers, and laptops. We do not have a recycling program for any other electronics at this time, but they are accepted as household garbage.

  • Why are refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioning units more expensive to dispose of?
    We charge a $35.00 fee for refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioning units because they have refrigerants in them. This fee covers the cost of having the refrigerants removed. They must be removed by an EPA licensed technician.

  • Where does the garbage go?
    RDS will attempt to do further recycling at our facility and then what can't be recycled is taken to the Columbia Ridge Landfill owned by Waste Management in Arlington, Oregon.