Some items RDS cannot responsibly reuse, recycle or dispose, which mean we can’t take everything.


What Cannot Be Brought to RDS

  • Liquids

  • Hazardous Waste

  • Fluorescent Light Bulbs

  • Oil-Based Paint

  • Batteries (but we do accept lead car batteries)

To handle any of the above items, contact Whatcom County’s Disposal of Toxics at (360) 380-4640. Or visit their website at:

See our separate section about how to handle PAINT.

And yes, we do take tires, but just put them in the correct waste area: ask the staff.