RDS continues to push the boundaries of greenness with a new recycling reclamation system and state of the art stormwater capture systems; plus a professional staff that knows how to divert "garbage" to the right waste stream or better still, to a reusable life as a recyclable.

We are leaders in modern solid waste management for Whatcom County.

Poticrete: Turning Toilets to Sidewalks

In 2012, we got public attention outside the community for the clever effort of reusing 400 porcelain toilets to create Poticrete to pave new sidewalks in Bellingham.

RDS' participation can be seen in the King 5 news clip which highlights our recycling facility and our own Pete Edwards talking about how we helped recycle the porcelain into good use!

More details at: http://bellinghamwins.com/paving-the-way-to-a-sustainable-infrastructure/ 


Storm Water Management


Just because we collect garbage, doesn't mean we should dump garbage into our community water system.  RDS has worked with the authorities to create an aggressive storm water management system.

RDS utilizes six of the best response methods to control its storm water discharges.


  1. First line of defense is to sweep up all surface contaminants and keep filters clean after every rain event.
  2. Second is to trap contaminants in the Catch Basin's filtration systems and surface trenching directing water to sand filters.
  3. Third is to allow settling inside of our under-ground storage capacity (we know this works because we annually clean it).
  4. Fourth is to have all flow events pass through our multi-stage filter media within sand filters.
  5. Fifth, is to have the water pass through our Bio-swale which must be maintained at least once a year.
  6. Test more, learn more and adapt.

 Illustration of storm water collection system.

Aggressive Recycling with a MRF Facility

What is MRF? It is a material recovery facility.  A specialized building, machinery and staff that will separate out usable recyclable materials for a new use; saving tons of discarded waste from being dumped into landfills.  This saves our environment and provide jobs to the community; providing both a green and economic benefits to Whatcom County.

In 2013, we created 10 new local jobs pulling out recyclables that would have gone to the landfill.  We are creating jobs and saving the planet!

Below are different views of the MRF at RDS with Larry McCarter.