The US Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA-RD) has approved an $18 million permanent financing package for the Eastern Idaho Regional Solid Waste District (District) to construct a landfill facility in the Newdale area, east of Rexburg. The District will operate the facility, as well as hauling, for the disposal of materials from county transfer stations. The 1,000-acre Newdale site was secured through a land exchange with the State Land Board and the Idaho Department of Lands. The centrally located site will provide capacity for well into the next century, based on historic and recent growth projections.

“The District and its member counties are grateful for USDA-RD and DEQ support of this regional solution to address current and future solid waste disposal,” said District Chairman Todd Smith.

“The USDA-RD is pleased to support the rural communities of Eastern Idaho in the District’s efforts to solve long-term solid waste needs. The project will be a model of rural collaboration that other areas of Idaho can follow,” said USDA-RD State Director, Rudy Soto.

“The USDA-RD will help the District reduce financing costs and better serve Eastern Idaho citizens,” said Cameron Arial, President of Clearwater Financial, the District’s financial advisor. “Eventually, the facility will be self-sustaining through tipping fees. For now, this funding package will reduce early debt service payments and allow more funds to go towards facility needs.”

To read the full story, visit