A step-by-step guide for first-time customers (or long-time friends that are returning). 

Before You Come (optional)

  • Think ahead and plan how to load your solid waste materials to speed up unloading during your visit.

  • Separate out recyclables from items you are throwing away

  • If using an open truck or trailer bed, put a tarp on to keep debris from flying off into traffic (and as a bonus, keep the rain off so as not to incur extra water poundage when being weighed).

  • Download our on-site map of where various waste materials are to be dropped off (don’t worry, we will have extra copies at the main weigh-in scale).

  • For extra preparedness, visit our full immersive 360-degree virtual tour to explore our facilities. Click Here.


We are located just over 2 miles north of the Bellingham Airport and a half-mile west off the I-5 Freeway Exit 260.

Put this address into your GPS:
4916 Labounty Drive, Ferndale, WA 98248

Or click our Google Maps Link: Google Map Clickable Link

Driving west on Slater Road, through two roundabouts, you will see a sign at the intersection of LaBounty Drive for RDS. Turn Right.

Look for the RDS / Recycle sign from the road.

Up LaBounty Drive, you will find the RDS entrance on the east side of the road.

Once in the facility, the right side (south) is the main in-bound scale. It will be clearly marked and coned off. Either of the two left lanes/scales (from this photo view) will be used when you leave the facility.

On the in-bound scale, our staff can answer questions and direct you to where to unload your materials. You will be weighed here and give a token ticket to track your vehicle, weight, and material types. This information will be used when you leave to determine your costs.

Once you have been weighed, given a ticket token, and directions, then you can proceed to the right location to unload your material.

Here are the general locations that our staff will point you towards. We also have RDS staff in orange vests throughout the facility if you need further directions.

The Steps

  1. Wait for your turn to move onto the in-bound scale to be weighed.

  2. Talk to our friendly staff about what you are disposing / recycling so they can check you in and direct you to the right spot (ask any questions you might have).

  3. Drive to the designated bins (see PDF map above).

  4. Unload your trash / recyclables.

  5. Check out at any of our three outbound scale (they are all interconnected) to be reweighted.

  6. You can pay with cash, checks and Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit cards.

  7. Head back to the LaBounty Drive and enjoy the rest of your day.

If you have questions, just give us a call.


SUMMER HOURS (Start on June 30):
Seven days a week
7:30 am to 5:55 pm

Winter Hours Start on September 1 with closing at 5:25 pm

Limited hours on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.

4916 Labounty Drive,
Ferndale, WA 98248

Google Map Clickable Link
Long/Lat: 48.819435 -122.56134

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2219
Ferndale, WA 98248-2219

(360) 384-8011
Fax: (360) 384-0873

Businesses: Would you like to set up a charge account with RDS and get billed monthly? Complete this credit application and then mail or fax back to us.