GREAT FALLS - We all know recycling is tough in Montana, but we bet you’re throwing away several things you can recycle, even in Montana. We’ve got a surprising list of items you can recycle.
Think about some of the items you throw out daily. Junk mail, cardboard, batteries, magazines, the list goes on. So what if we told you, there are at least five places where you could recycle those items in the Electric City?
“I would love to know more about that and be a part of it. I’m defiantly shocked,” said Laura Troyer, a Great Falls resident.
Troyer’s answer is about the same response we got from at least five other people living in Great Falls. They say if they knew about these places, they’d recycle.
So here’s the list of places and some of the items they say can be recycled:
- Auto Zone: Transmission Fluid, Power Steering Fluid, Gear Oil 406-268-9388
- Batteries and Bulbs: Car Batteries, Used/Old Batteries, Cameras, Phones, Laptops 406-761-1238
- Filipowicz Brothers Salvage: All Metals 406-727-0535
- Montana Waste Systems Inc: Recycling Pick Up (Cans, Cardboard, Magazines, Junk Mail) 406-761-2545
- Oily Waste: Oil, Anti-Freeze, Power Steering Fluid 406-761-4503
- Pacific Steel & Recycling: Copper, Aluminum, Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators 406-791-8550
Pacific Steel and Recycling say it has taken plastic in the past, but right now they aren’t because there are currently global export market issues. More specifically, the recycling processing capabilities in Canada and the United States aren’t up to par compared to other country’s.
As for where to place those glass bottles, Pacific Steel and Recycling says you may still have to throw them in the trash because there’s nowhere in town to take glass.
KFBB also spoke with NeighborWorks, who runs the annual MApril Clean up every springclean-up every spring. Earlier this May, they were able to remove 36 tons of debris in the surrounding Great Falls area and put it into the landfill. That number was actually the most collected for the event in the last 35 years.
That's why they're looking at bringing more awareness now about why recycling and picking up debris is important across the state.