Bannock County Solid Waste Division (Landfill)
Fort Hall Mine Landfill Fees:
Cells 2 & 4: Household waste or items that might decompose and harm our aquifer.
Cell 3: All construction and demolition materials, such as roofing, wood waste, and concrete.
We accept Cash, Check, or Cards*
*$2.00 fee per transaction for debit or credit
No charge for topsoils/clean dirt – Must call ahead for inspection and analysis instructions.
McCammon Transfer Station Fees:
$10.00 passenger or pickup with or without rim (up to 19″)
$30.00 tires with rims
$10.00 fee for all unsecured loads
ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED AT THE MCCAMMON LOCATION:
- Any trailer 20 feet or larger
- Any vehicle two tons or larger
- Dump trailers with household waste (must be able to unload by hand)
The Fort Hall Mine Landfill in Pocatello collects Household Hazardous Waste for free from April through October on the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. County residents can bring their waste to the landfill’s household hazardous waste building for drop-off (or they will be directed by employees who remove the waste from the vehicles).
2024 Household Hazardous Waste Days – April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, August 3, September 7, October 5 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The following materials are currently accepted on Household Hazardous Waste Days:
From your workbench:
From your garbage:
From your yard:
From your house:
How it Works
Once the waste is removed from vehicles, it is separated into 50-gallon drums or stacked in the containment building if it is reusable. The antifreeze, oil, and vehicle batteries are sent to a local company to be recycled or reused. The remaining materials are either properly disposed of as hazardous waste or recycled. The county contracts with a hazardous waste company to dispose of the unusable materials. Be sure to view our disposal policies.
Bannock County began diverting household hazardous waste (HHW) from the landfill in 1992. Before Bannock County’s ownership, the aquifer was contaminated in the old landfill. To date, Bannock County has spent $3 million to clean up this contamination by using an air stripper that uses wells to pull water from the aquifer. The air stripper cleans the water and then circulates it into an injector well which then re-enters the aquifer.
The Household Hazardous Waste program started as a cooperative effort between Bannock County and the Cities of Pocatello and Chubbuck to eliminate household quantities of hazardous waste from being disposed of in the landfill. It ran from 1992 to 1994 as a one-day event held each year in a parking lot at the City of Pocatello’s Sanitation Department. The hazardous waste collected was transported to an outside contractor.
Initially, the county and both cities supplied employees that were being paid overtime to staff the event. The total cost of the event was divided equally between the three partners ($43,900 in 1992; $37,917 in 1993; and $40,748 in 1994). The partnership’s challenges included finding a good place to hold the event and finding chemists to volunteer to help sort the wastes received. Luckily, the county found several trained volunteers from the Idaho National Laboratory and the local fire department. More than 500 people from the community brought in waste during the first event.
Existing Program Overview
In 1995, the partnership between the county and the cities ended because Bannock County was able to manage HHW at the new, larger landfill. However, before the county could manage the program independently, several things needed to be accomplished, including training additional solid waste personnel and building a reuse area for HHW that the community or the county could reuse. Therefore, the county landfill personnel attended a 40-hour hazardous material training and positioned existing 30-yard containers at the landfill to sort incoming waste. The county also built a containment building to store the 55-gallon drums of HHW until the contractor picked them up.
Staffing and Training
The county uses local inmates to help remove materials from residents’ vehicles. This program began because of a need for additional staffing. The inmates are only allowed to take the hazardous waste out of customer vehicles; trained county employees are responsible for sorting. County employees must complete 40 hours of hazardous materials training before handling the waste and attend an 8-hour refresher course yearly.
Bannock County offers Free Days at the Fort Hall Mine Landfill to county residents on certain days of the year to help residents keep our home clean and beautiful.
2023 Free Days
Restricted items not inlcuded in Free Days:
- Chemicals – of any kind or form
- Batteries – of any kind
- Appliances – fridge, freezer, a/c, water cooler, ice maker, stove, water heater, washer, dryers, etc.
*Note: Free Days are offered to residents only and are not available for businesses and organizations.
*Note: Hazardous waste is accepted at the Fort Hall Mine Landfill ONLY on the first Saturday of April through October from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
*Note: Loads must be secured.
Questions? Call us at 208-236-0607.
Asbestos is accepted at the Fort Hall Mine Landfill. The McCammon Transfer Station does not accept asbestos. In order to comply with EPA standards, the following conditions must be met:
- Asbestos must be properly contained
- Friable asbestos must be contained in twelve-mil plastic (double-wrapped or bagged in six-mil plastic is standard practice), wetted, and properly labeled.
- Non-Friable Asbestos must be contained in twelve-mil plastic (double-wrapped or bagged in six-mil plastic is standard practice) and properly labeled.
- Manifest must be complete and handed to the scale house attendant upon arrival at the landfill.
- The asbestos must be placed where directed by Landfill personnel.
- All roofing will be treated and charged as construction debris.
- Any structure built before 1979 will be treated and charged as asbestos.
- OSHA or EPA-approved warning labels must be permanently marked or attached to plastic wrapping.
Vehicle batteries are accepted at both the Fort Hall Mine and the McCammon Transfer Station. All other household batteries are accepted at no charge on our household hazardous waste days. Household Hazardous Waste days are the first Saturday of each month, April through October, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All rechargeable batteries will be accepted at Fort Hall Mine Landfill at no charge during regular hours.
Construction and Demolition Debris
Construction and demolition debris (C&D) is accepted at both the Fort Hall Mine Landfill and the McCammon Transfer Station. C&D is an inert material and can be disposed of at a much lower rate than municipal solid waste (MSW). It is up to the customer to meet our acceptance criteria, and loads are subject to random load inspections. In order for waste to be accepted as C&D, it must meet these requirements:
- C&D waste consists of:
- Construction/Demolition debris
- Cured asphalt and concrete rubble
- Masonry rubble
- Uncontaminated soils, rock, gravel, or dirt fill
- Bulky wood wastes, stumps, branches, or limbs
- Scrap metals, fencing, wire, poles, or boards
- Dead animals (Fort Hall Mine Landfill only)
- Asbestos (Fort Hall Mine Landfill only)
- Waste must contain no more than 10% organic materials, household waste, carpet, and plastics.
- Waste must not contain any hazardous waste.
- Any load that is redirected will be subject to the appropriate MSW tipping fee.
Dead animals are accepted at the Fort Hall Mine Landfill only. The charge is $27.00 per ton.
Drums are accepted at both the Fort Hall Mine landfill and McCammon Transfer Station. A drum is a cylindrical container made of steel or plastics that is used for shipping bulk materials. Drums are generally used in commercial and industrial applications for the transportation of hazardous waste; therefore, in order for Bannock County to accept drums, they must meet these requirements:
- Drums must be emptied, rinsed, and residue-free.
- The rinsed drums must then have lids off and/or holes punctured in both ends.
- All drums will be inspected for hazardous waste.
Electronic waste (E-Waste) is accepted at Fort Hall Mine Landfill free of charge. E-waste is not accepted at the McCammon Transfer Station.
- Computer towers
- Flat screen tv’s and monitors
- Rechargeable batteries
- Cell phones
- Home electronics (cable boxes, sound systems, DVD players, RCA, satellite boxes)
- Solar products
There is a charge for Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) monitors and televisions. The CRT monitor is the older, larger, and heavier version of the LCD monitor with a bowl-shaped screen made of glass.
Household Hazardous Waste
Household hazardous waste (HHW) is accepted at the Fort Hall Mine Landfill every first Saturday, April through October, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Acceptance is dependent on the review of source and generation information. Bannock County has the right to refuse loads and/or require additional testing. Loads are also subject to random load inspections.
Acceptable Types of HHW:
- Used motor oil –5 gallons maximum container size. Acceptable in unmarked containers and must be transferred without spilling.
- Antifreeze. Acceptable in unmarked containers and must be transferred without spilling.
- Flammable and Combustible Liquids – 5 gallons maximum container size. It must be in the original sealed container.
- Batteries – Alkaline, Nickel-Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Lithium-Ion (Li-ion), Nickel-Metal-Hydride (Ni-MH), small sealed lead (Pb), Automotive batteries.
- Corrosives – Must be less than 2 gallons to accept.
- Pesticide, Herbicide, or Fertilizer – 5 gallons maximum container size. It must be in the original sealed container.
- Mercury – Thermometers, thermostats, and elemental mercury (small containers) are accepted in our HHW program.
*We do not limit the HHW diversion program to these items*
Visit the ‘Household Hazardous Waste’ tab on this page to view the full list of acceptable HHW.
Household Liquid Waste
The Fort Hall Mine Landfill accepts liquid waste only from Bingham County’s Central Transfer Station. Liquid waste from businesses or residents is not accepted. Acceptable liquid waste is limited to household waste collected in the drainage tank as part of normal solid waste transfer. No other sources of liquid waste are to be transferred or accepted. Requirements for acceptance of this waste are:
- Bingham County must utilize a dedicated, marked tanker and county personnel to transfer the liquid to Bannock County. No outside contractors or pumper trucks are to be used. Bingham County is responsible for compliance with all federal, state, and local transportation regulations.
- Bingham County will supply a manifest of waste to the Fort Hall Mine Landfill scale house upon delivery. The log will include the date of transfer, quantity of liquid, and name and signature of personnel providing the documentation. This log will be placed into Bannock County’s permanent operating record.
Liquid waste will be placed directly into the lined leachate collection pond at the Fort Hall Mine Landfill. Liquid waste will not be placed in any other location, including the operating landfill cell.
The Fort Hall Mine Landfill accepts thermometers, thermostats, and small amounts of elemental mercury for free on the designated Household Hazardous Waste days. In order to protect the safety of our personnel, please follow these instructions:
- All mercury should be secured in cardboard, bubble wrap, or some other reasonable type of protection.
- Thermometers with blue or red liquid inside do not contain mercury and can be thrown away with regular trash.
- All fluorescent bulbs containing mercury should be secured to protect them from breakage. Non-fluorescent bulbs can be discarded in regular trash containers.
Petroleum Contaminated Soils
The Fort Hall Mine Landfill accepts petroleum-contaminated soil (PCS). PCS is not accepted at the McCammon Transfer Station.
Acceptance is on a case-by-case basis dependent on verifying the source of the release and a review of lab data which is representative of the PCS and that it meets applicable acceptance criteria.
PCS Generated as the Result of Spills & Accidents
Where the source of petroleum is known and is only contaminated by soil, and no other chemical contaminants, the following acceptance criteria shall apply:
|Laboratory Analysis Required
|TPH 8015, Gasoline Range
|100 mg/kg (ppm) or less
|JP-4 (Jet A Fuel)
|TPH 8015, Gasoline Range
|100 mg/kg (ppm) or less
|TPH 8015, Diesel Range
|3,000 mg/kg (ppm) or less
|Heating, Motor, and Lube Oil PCS
|TPH 8015, Extended Range
|3,000 mg/kg (ppm) or less
|Hydraulic Fluid/Mineral Oil PCS
|3,000 mg/kg (ppm) or less
Unknown Sources of PCS
Other sources of PCS must be characterized to document that it does not meet the definition of hazardous waste.
In order to comply with the Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) 40 CFR 261.31-33, lab analyses of representative samples of the PCS from the sources listed below must be provided. Possible constituents of concern include heavy metals, chlorinated solvents, and pesticides. Reported laboratory concentrations must be screened against EPA’s Table 1 Maximum Concentration of Contaminants for the Toxicity Characteristic (40 CFR 261.24).
|Laboratory Analysis Required
|Used Oil PCS
|TPH 8015, Extended Range Organics & flashpoint
TCLP 1311 for RCRA 8 metals
TCLP 8260 for volatile organic compounds
|3,000 mg/kg (ppm) or less
|Unknown Source of PCS
|TCLP 1311 for RCRA 8 metals
TCLP 8260 for volatile organic compounds
TCLP 8270C for semi-volatile organic compounds
TCLP 8081 for chlorinated pesticides
TCLP 8151A for chlorinated herbicides
TPH 8015 MOD, GRO, DRO, ORO & flashpoint
|3,000 mg/kg (ppm) or less
- All appropriate source information and lab work must be submitted to the Fort Hall Mind Landfill for review prior to shipment. If the PCS is accepted, landfill staff must be notified at least 12 hours prior to shipment.
- Landfill personnel have the right to refuse loads and/or require additional testing. Loads are also subject to random load inspections.
- Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) wastes are not accepted.
- All PCS from any source must also meet the paint filter test.
- Each load must be accompanied by a signed Waste Tracking/Source Profile Form.
- PCS must be placed where directed by landfill personnel.
- Street Sweepings, Storm Water Sediments, and other inert material that may have incidental contact with petroleum products and other organic material is acceptable as long as the generator can certify that the generation of such solid waste was not the result of the clean-up petroleum spills. If the material was generated as the result of a petroleum spill, then the PCS acceptance criteria shall apply.
The Fort Hall Mine Landfill accepts the disposal of household needles and syringes. In order to protect the safety of our personnel, please follow these instructions:
- Used needles and syringes should be placed in a puncture-proof, leak-proof container with a tight-fitting lid. Appropriate containers include red sharps containers (available from most pharmacies at a cost of $3-$5) or a heavy plastic bottle (such as a laundry detergent bottle).
- Bleach or another disinfecting solution should be added.
- When the container is full, make sure the lid is on tight, and apply heavy tape (duct tape or packaging tape) to ensure that the lid remains sealed.
- The sealed container can be put in your garbage container or brought to the landfill.
Trailer Home Disposal
Trailer Homes, or mobile homes, are accepted at the Fort Hall Mine Landfill only, under these conditions:
- Verification of refrigerant removal prior to arrival at the landfill
- Proof from the Assessor or Treasurer’s Office that taxes have been paid. (If disposing on Saturday, ALL documentation must be in hand. Assessor and Treasurer’s Offices are closed on Saturdays.)
- Tires will be removed at the disposal area (If disposing of tires, they will need to go to the appropriate location with a fee).
If a trailer home is too large to fit on the scale, a flat rate charge of ten tons will be assessed.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Sludge
24-HOUR NOTICE REQUIRED – FAILURE TO COMPLETE ALL REQUIREMENTS MAY RESULT IN LOAD REFUSAL
Bannock County accepts Bio-solids at the Fort Hall Mine Landfill. Acceptance is dependent on the review of source and lab data which is representative of the Bio-solids. All appropriate source information and lab work must be submitted to landfill personnel for review prior to shipment. A certified lab analysis is good for 12 months from the date it was tested. Bannock County has the right to refuse loads and/or require additional testing. Loads are also subject to random load inspections.
- In order to comply with R.C.R.A 40 CFR Part 261.3, the following lab analyses from an approved
laboratory are required to characterize the waste:
- Toxicity Characteristics Leaching Procedure (TCLP)-R.C.R.A 8 Metals
- pH Test
- Paint Filter Test
- If Bio-solids are accepted, Bannock County must be notified at least 24 hours prior to shipment.
- Each load or series of loads must also be accompanied by a signed Waste Tracking/Source Profile Form.
- Bio-solids must be placed where directed by landfill personnel
Compost is sold Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The cost is $35 per ton.
Compost is back in stock! – August 25, 2023
In the fall of 2001, a partnership between the City of Pocatello and Bannock County was formed to come up with a solution for the disposal of organic waste. This partnership was a result of a citizen’s committee that began asking about the recycling of green material.
A memorandum of understanding was entered into on September 6, 2001, between the two entities. Both parties recognized that it was in the best interest of the citizens to save the valuable landfill air space that was remaining in the landfill. It was decided that a three-year pilot program would be necessary to determine the long-term feasibility of composting material at the landfill.
Landfill gas has become a new source of renewable energy in recent years. As waste decomposes, gas is generated within the landfill. A gas collection system allows Bannock County to remove the gas from the landfill, thereby preventing the gas from escaping the facility. The gas collection system consists of wells that are installed into the waste mass. Each of the wells is connected with piping to form a network. Blowers are used to create a vacuum on the network of wells, and the gas is used as fuel to run engines within the gas-to-energy plant. The engines turn generators that produce power.
The Fort Hall Mine Landfill has turned landfill gas from trash decomposition into more than $2.2 million worth of electricity since installing the gas-to-energy conversion system in April 2014. As garbage decomposes, it creates methane which has 20 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. The EPA requires a reduction in greenhouse gases released from landfills, so, therefore, the gas-to-energy projects are a beneficial use of methane gas. Bannock County would have been mandated by the EPA to install a gas system once the Non-Methane Organic Compound(NMOC) emissions reached 50 metric tons. That was expected to be by 2024, however, the threshold has been changed to 34 metric tons of NMOC. We are currently less than 10 metric tons of NMOC emissions.
The Generator installed at the landfill is one of four methane gas-to-energy systems across the state of Idaho. This generator runs 24 hours per day, seven days a week, and generates approximately 1500 kilowatts of electricity an hour. The power is put into the electrical grid system owned and operated by Idaho Power. The generator system will basically pay for the landfill gas extraction over the length of the 20-year contract we have with Idaho Power. A second generator is currently being installed and is expected to double the kilowatt-per-hour production. We currently have 46 total wells, with 35 of them active in Cells 1 and 2. We are in the process of connecting three new wells in Cell 4.
Fort Hall Mine Landfill Groundwater Remediation
During the 20th Century, Bannock County residents disposed of their hazardous chemicals in an unlined area of the Fort Hall Mine Landfill, known as Cell 1. Experts discovered in 1991 that this practice resulted in an uncontrolled release of chemicals to the environment, contaminating the groundwater.
The County closed Cell 1 and began investigating ways to remedy the contamination. In 2002, the County installed a groundwater remediation system to remove chemicals of potential concern, but ongoing studies have shown that has not prevented chemicals from impacting the Lower Portneuf Valley Aquifer, which supplies drinking water to most Bannock County residents.
In order to mitigate the problem, the Bannock County Solid Waste Division partnered with CDM Smith, a private engineering and construction firm, to monitor the contamination and provide recommendations for actions the County can take.
Since 2018 alone, Bannock County has committed $10 million to this ongoing study and remediation project. With the help of CDM Smith, crews have begun monitoring dozens of offsite wells for contamination, investigating to determine which ground layers contaminants are moving through, and monitoring the protective cover of Cell 1.
According to CDM Smith’s 2020 risk assessment, seven domestic wells may be unsafe to drink, and the property owners and tenants affected were notified. However, for the majority of people in the surrounding area, private well water is safe to drink.
Learn more about the health risks and what prevention and remediation efforts the County has taken to protect residents’ drinking water by visiting the links below.
In the News:
What We Do
Bannock County Solid Waste is a division of the Bannock County Public Works Department. Bannock County has owned and operated the landfill since 1979. In October of 1993, the old landfill, which originally opened in 1943 and was operated by private companies and the City of Pocatello, was closed in accordance with the federal government mandates. A new Sub Title D landfill, the Fort Hall Mine Landfill, was constructed in compliance with RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) regulation and opened for operation on October 9, 1993. The construction cost amounted to nearly $8 million.
Part of this great expense was a specially designed liner that protects the environment by keeping the leachate from further contaminating the groundwater. Household debris is covered daily with tarps designed for landfills and soil to prevent garbage from being exposed to vectors, wind, and the atmosphere. We accept approximately 300 tons of waste per day, up from an average of 230 tons per day in 1993. We operate both the Fort Hall Mine Landfill in Pocatello and the transfer station in McCammon with only thirteen employees.
The Fort Hall Mine Landfill in Pocatello also houses our administration office, where extensive, mandated record-keeping is performed. The landfill billing and collections duties are also performed at this site. The scale house technicians must track and screen all incoming loads, identify the type of waste and direct the public to their proper disposal areas. In addition to weighing and monitoring the waste on both the incoming and outgoing truck scales, they must collect the appropriate gate fees.