RDS is a solid waste transfer station that handles residential and commercial customers’ trash and recyclables. 

We don’t pick up your garbage, but you bring your waste and recycles to our transfer station two miles north of the Bellingham Airport and about a half-mile west of I-5 Freeway, Exit 260, and then off Slater Road onto LaBounty Drive in Ferndale.

We accept almost anything except for liquids and hazardous wastes (see details on what we don’t take).

Our staff can help direct you to where you need to unload your items.

Once you leave your waste and recyclables, RDS does the rest to responsibly recycle or dispose of it. For more details, click here.

For pricing and details of what RDS accepts, see our RATES page.

If you can drive to us, you can use our services. Our primary customers come from Bellingham, Ferndale, Whatcom County, but also Blane Bay and Nooksack Valley.

NEW: In 2019, RDS opened three outbound scales to speed up processing and have optimized the location of our various unloading stations.

To help find your way around inside RDS, download the PDF map (click here).

The Steps

  1. Wait for your turn to move onto the 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). They will give you a tracking token/ticket tied to your initial weigh-in weight.

  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 reweighed.

  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.

For larger trucks or trailers, we do offer a $20 scrape-out service where our equipment can “scrape out” the contents of your trailer bed. This service is at your own risk.


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.