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Republic Services provides cost-effective garbage collection, recycling programs and solid waste disposal for the homes and businesses of Idaho residents. Learn more about your service schedules and local information right here.

Municipal Solid Waste
Yard Waste
Residential Recycling (view details)
Multi-Stream Residential
Special Waste
Job-Site Recycling

Industrial Recycling
Commercial Recycling
Recycling Center
Transfer Station

Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste – Residents in Unincorporated Ada County and in the cities of Boise, Eagle, Garden City, Meridian and Star have access to household hazardous waste (HHW) collection services through multiple mobile collection sites as well as the permanent facility located at the Ada County Landfill. For more information on the collection locations, visit the Ada County Landfill website ( or call 208-577-4725. The City of Mountain Home supports an annual HHW collection event, hosted by the City Parks and Recreation Department. For more information call 208-587-2104 or 208-587-2112. Canyon County residents may properly dispose of their HHW through events sponsored by the Canyon County Landfill. Call 208-466-7288 for event dates and locations.

"Grass-Only" Recycling

This optional, curbside program provides residents with an opportunity to divert grass from the landfill and use it for agricultural purposes.

Grass makes up roughly 90% of the total yard waste generated during the growing season. This program is an opportunity to divert grass from the landfill and beneficially reuse the material.

How it works:

Republic Services will transport the grass clippings to a silage pit in Ada County where it will be compacted and tarped. The cut grass will be fermented to retain its moisture. Rapidly filling the silage pit allows the continued weight of the material to compress and eliminate air pockets. Reducing air exposure and covering the grass prevents it from getting moldy. Silage can be stored under anaerobic conditions for long periods of time. Grass silage is a good source of nutrition.

What about fertilizers and pesticides?

Customers participating in the grass recycling program are asked to used animal and Earth-friendly products, and apply according to label. Such products can be found at local lawn and garden stores such as Zamzow's, D &B Farm Supply, Home Depot, Lowe's, Thriftway, Wal-Mart, Fred Meyer, Shopko, etc.

We are working with the DEQ, Department of Agriculture and EPA to ensure that proper testing is done on the silage to ensure it is safe to use as cattle feed.

Cattle around the country are fed hay and other feed stocks that have been treated with fertilizers and pesticides. We will be doing comparable testing to make sure the grass crop coming in from Ada County residences is a healthy component of the cows' daily feed ration.

Once the silage has been deemed safe, it will be mixed in with other types of feed and fed to a pilot group of cattle. If all testing results are positive, the grass silage may be used as part of the cows' daily ration by year two or three.

Customers subscribing will be given a 95-gallon cart with a tan lid. Collections will occur on your regular trash day. Carts must be rinsed between the trash and grass collection periods

The cart has year-round benefits:

  • Grass Only April-October
  • Leaves Only - November (During Fall Leaf Collection)
  • Trash Only - December-March

Business & Industrial Services

Business Recycling

Republic Services offers customizable commercial recycling programs to businesses, non-profit organizations, churches, schools, and multi-family complexes (apartments, condominiums) in all the municipalities we serve. Republic Services will meet with interested commercial businesses and organizations to perform a free waste consultation and to develop a specific recycling program. Here are just a few of the things that we will help you consider and implement:

  • Space: We work with you to identify a practical location where recyclables can be collected.
  • Access: We help you find the appropriate place outside the building where Republic Services collection trucks can easily pick up the bins, carts, or dumpsters.
  • Materials: We will assess the types of materials and the quantities that you would like to recycle.
  • Commitment: We help educate and engage company management, facility staff, and employees to create a successful recycling program.

Service Options:

Republic Services offers the following collection options to meet your organization's specific recycling needs.

Wheeled Carts (95 gallons)

Business recycling is simple! Similar to residential recycling, cardboard, mixed paper, newspaper and magazines, tin cans, aluminum cans, and rigid plastics labeled #1 or #2 can all be recycled in a single recycling cart. Wheeled carts are a great option for businesses who do not generate a lot of waste. Businesses can have up to five carts, depending on their recycling needs. Recycling carts are collected once a week.

Green Dumpsters (3 - 8 cubic yards)

These containers are best suited for larger companies who want to recycle mixed paper, corrugated cardboard, aluminum, tin and plastic.

Roll-Off Boxes (20, 30 or 40 cubic yards)

These containers are best suited for construction and demolition sites. Since about one-third of the waste destined for landfills comes from construction and demolition debris, cities are increasingly looking to contractors to take a pro-active role in diverting waste from landfills. Republic Services can tailor a job-site recycling program to fit your needs. For the purpose of recycling, Republic Services requires single commodities be assigned to specific containers. Also since Republic Services records all transactions involving a project, paperwork and compliance are effortless on the part of either the developer or the contractor. Learn more about how Republic Services can help your building project become LEED compliant.

Items accepted:

  • Newspapers, magazines and catalogs.
  • Aluminum and steel (tin) cans: Empty, Clean and Dry (labels okay).
  • Mixed Paper: white or pastel paper (No neon colored paper), paperboard (i.e. dry and frozen food boxes) with liners removed, phone books, envelopes, computer paper, paper bags.
  • Plastics: #1 and #2 rigid plastics; Discard caps from bottles; No filmy plastic, grocery bags, vinyl, or Styrofoam.
  • Corrugated cardboard: Flatten and cut boxes to 4' x 4' or smaller segments.

Items not accepted:

  • Paper plates & cups
  • Styrofoam/Packaging
  • Tissues
  • Paper towels
  • Napkins
  • Food-contaminated containers as well as milk or juice cartons
  • Pizza boxes and foil-lined items like cookie and chip bags
  • Plastic Bags - e.g. dry cleaning, grocery & carrot bags
  • Paint & other cans with caution words on labels
  • Glass


Need a dumpster?

You can order a dumpster online or call 208-345-1265.

Republic Services offers a full range of service options and equipment to efficiently and economically meet your waste collection needs. Front-end loader containers work best for businesses that generate low-density waste materials that can be compacted, such as office waste and food products. We maintain an inventory of containers in a variety of sizes and offer flexible collection scheduling.

5 Benefits of Republic Services Dumpsters

  1. Sanitary: all waste is kept in a single, closed receptacle until collected by automated trucks.
  2. Reduces fire hazard: depositing waste in a closed, all-steel container helps diminish the likelihood of accidental fires.
  3. Saves labor: workers dump wastes into a large, conveniently located container. No bags to fuss with, no mess to clean up.
  4. Aids pest control: with waste enclosed in a covered steel container, insects, rodents and other pests are less likely to be attracted.
  5. Versatile: with containers available in a wide variety of sizes, Republic Services can meet your every waste disposal need.

Whether you are an insurance agent and need a single 3 cubic yard container dumped weekly to set next to your office, or a huge building project needing multiple 40 cubic yard debris boxes, Republic Services has the solution for you. We have been solving trash problems cost effectively for over 40 years.

Container Specifications

The following are the container and enclosure specifications for our standard commercial containers. If your trash management needs are not met by the standard containers below, please call 208-345-1265 to speak with a customer service representative.

  • Three Cubic Yard Container:7' x 4' x 4' footprint, 11' x 10' enclosure requirement
  • Six Cubic Yard Container:7' x 6' x 5' footprint, 11' x 10' enclosure requirement
  • Eight Cubic Yard Container:7' x 6' x 8' footprint, 11' x 10' enclosure requirement

Required Clearance

  • 24' of overhead clearance to service containers underground
  • 44' in front of containers with clear access
  • 50' in front of compactors with clear access

LEED Certification

What is LEED certification?

In the United States and in a number of other countries around the world, LEED certification is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability. Achieving LEED certification is the best way for you to demonstrate that your building project is truly "green."

The LEED green building rating system - developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, a Washington D.C.-based, nonprofit coalition of building industry leaders - is designed to promote design and construction practices that increase profitability while reducing the negative environmental impacts of buildings and improving occupant health and well-being.

What are the benefits of LEED certification?

LEED certification, which includes a rigorous third-party commissioning process, offers compelling proof to you, your clients, your peers and the public at large that you've achieved your environmental goals and your building is performing as designed. Getting certified allows you take advantage of a growing number of state and local government incentives, and can help boost press interest in your project.

How can Republic Services help me attain LEED certification for a specific building project?

Republic Services is committed to responsible waste management, sustainability practices, and helping local businesses achieve LEED certification. Recently, we've partnered with the City of Boise to achieve LEED certification for the new Library that is under construction in West Boise. We will partner with you to provide a free waste consultation for your project, supply proper waste disposal and recycling containers, and conduct waste audits for LEED reporting purposes.

Managing Your Construction Waste - Tips for LEED Success

  1. Talk to Your Sub-Contractors - Let them know this is a LEED Project

    As obvious as this sounds, construction workers on the ground often do not know what their managers know - that this is a LEED project! Talk to them. Share your goals about LEED certification. Is your target to recycle 50% to 90%? Tell them what you will be recycling and where the recycling containers will be located.

  2. Label Your Containers

    Another obvious point, but necessary. Create BIG signs for all of your recycling containers: WOOD, PAPER & CARDBOARD, SHEET ROCK, etc. Draw pictures or laminate downloaded clip art and attach the graphics on the containers under the label (i.e. a picture of a wood pile or a picture of a plastic water bottle). This eliminates any language barrier confusion and is a quick reminder as workers approach the trash and recycling areas.

  3. Strategically Locate Your Trash & Recycling Containers

    Make recycling convenient, make trash tough. By placing recycling containers closest to the work site and trash dumpsters next to the supervisor's trailer or apart from the work site you create an incentive to recycle and a deterrent from trashing everything. This strategy allows supervisors to see what is being thrown away and there is a high degree of accountability when co-workers can watch each other fill the recycling bins.

  4. Use "On-Call" Trash and Recycling Service

    Make sure you sign up for "on-call" trash and recycling service. This allows you to have your dumpsters and recycling bins emptied only when they are full. If you call the Republic Services office by 5:00 p.m. your containers will be scheduled for next day service.

  5. Take Pictures

    Take digital pictures of your containers when they are full (before they are emptied). Upload and date the photos in a "LEED TRASH" or "LEED RECYCLING" folder. This will help you keep track of the number of yards you are throwing away or recycling at your project site.

  6. Keep Your Trash and Recycling Bills

    Keep all landfill tickets (indicating weight or volume) recycling center receipts (tons recycled) and trash/recycling invoices from the hauler or city. All serve as critical records and will help you reconcile the volume you post in your pictures with the volumes recorded on paper.

Ada County LEED Suggested Construction Site Materials for Recycling

  • Carpet and Pad: Western Recycling will recycle self-hauled carpet pad. Second Chance Building Materials Center (208-331-2707) will take carpet if it is re-usable.
  • Ceiling Tiles: Contact GTS Interior Supply (208-343-4998) for information regarding packaging and shipping.
  • Electrical Conduit: If metal, recycle with metals.
  • Gypsum Board: Can be recycled with prior approval from the Ada County Landfill 208-577-4725. Republic Services will provide a container for gypsum board. It must be kept separate from wood waste at the job site. Although this material can be recycled the cost of processing is the same as disposal for C & D (currently $11/yd).
  • Masonry: Second Chance Building Materials Center in downtown Boise will take materials that are re-usable (208-331-2707). Materials that cannot be re-used cannot be recycled locally at this time.
  • Metals: Contact Pacific Metals (208-323-8045) regarding a container for metal waste.
  • Paper/Cardboard/Plastic/Cans: Republic Services will provide a single-stream container (3 to 40-yards) for mixed waste paper, cardboard, plastic and cans.
  • Piping: Place in metals recycling container.
  • Roofing: Wooden shingles (shake) can be thrown in with the wood waste.
  • Wood Waste: Republic Services Roll-Off Box (20,30 or 40-yards). All wood products (including crates) can be mixed together but must be free of metals except for staples, nails and screws. Wood waste chipping is subsidized by Ada County and is significantly less than garbage.

These materials can NOT be recycled locally at this time.

  • Insulation
  • Asphalt and other types of shingles

Canyon County LEED Suggested Construction Site Materials for Recycling

  1. Carpet and Pad: Western Recycling will recycle self-hauled carpet pad. Second Chance Building Materials Center 208-331-2707208-331-2707 will take carpet if it is re-usable.
  2. Wood waste: Republic Services Roll-Off Box (20,30 or 40-yards). All wood products (including crates) can be mixed together but must be free of metals except for staples, nails and screws. Wood waste is taken to the Canyon County Landfill where it is chipped and reused. Container delivery, container rent and recycling haul charges apply. There is an additional fee of $12/yard to have the wood chipped (C & D is $14.50/ton).
  3. Cardboard/paper/plastic: These materials can be collected in "single-stream" green commercial container (3, 6 or 8 cubic yards [insert link for "Dumpsters"]) or in a large roll-off box (20, 30 or 40 cubic yards). Roll-off boxes used for recycling have container delivery, rent and hauling charges, but no additional disposal fee.
  4. Metal: Call United Metal or Pacific Recycling to set up a metal container.
  5. Electrical Conduit: If metal, recycle with metals.
  6. Piping: Place in metals recycling container.
  7. Ceiling tiles: GTS Interior Supply, 1675 Commerce Ave, Boise, ID 83713, 208-343-4998, will take back Armstrong ceiling tiles.
  8. Roofing: Wooden shingles (shake) can be thrown in with the wood waste.

If you are re-constructing an existing building in the Treasure Valley, facilities such as the Habitat for Humanity store and Second Chance Building Materials will consider taking your reusable building materials.

These materials can NOT be recycled in Canyon County at this time.

  • Insulation
  • Asphalt and other types of shingles
  • Sheetrock

Questions? Call the Recycling Manager at Republic Services: 208-345-1265.