RECYCLING NEWS

Award, grant and new project at Ravalli County Recycling.  April 2015
It's a banner year for recycling in Ravalli County.
With help from 40  volunteers, three part-time paid staff, and a new, large site for its yard, Ravalli County Recycling (RCR), Inc., collects and keeps out of the landfill some 516 tons (more than a million pounds) per year of donated cardboard, newspapers, plastics, office mix, aluminum and steel cans. RCR just won a Montana EcoStar Pollution Prevention Award for its efforts and just secured a $2,567 Rapp Family Foundation grant for expansion of recycling drop-off services in Stevensville. (The 516-ton figure comes from 2014, is up from 401 tons in 2013 and considerably higher than 271 tons in 2012.)

Growth of the five-year-old, citizen-operated, nonprofit made possible the purchase of a compactor truck with DEQ funding.  A donated baler recently came online. Both dramatically reduce the bulk of recycled materials. Baled items also bring higher prices from recycling brokers and help RCR pay rent, salaries, fuel and equipment repairs — all keeping this ambitious Western Montana venture afloat. (Prices for recyclables fluctuate and RCR, at times, takes many of these materials at a loss so that donations and strict budgeting are key.) 

Volunteers are the heart and soul of RCR. They put in 4,959 hours last year as they assisted 13,400 customer visits, up from 10,600 visits in 2013. This all takes place in just three hours every Saturday morning and another three hours each Monday afternoon at the RCR yard, 759 US Hwy. 93 No., two miles north of Hamilton. 

Hard working volunteers! 

Think you'd like to try volunteering at RCR? For details, call Janice Lee, volunteer coordinator, at (406) 360-9895

We are a non-profit recycling group, recycling as much as we can with and for folks in Ravalli County.  

We are your friends and neighbors who believe that recycling must be a part of our lifestyle in Ravalli County. We believe that recycling is an important way for individuals and businesses to reduce the waste they generate. Ravalli County Recycling (RCR) believes that recycling conserves our natural resources and saves our landfill space.  

Volunteering

Help your neighbors with spring cleaning by VOLUNTEERING at Ravalli County Recycling. RCR needs your help only 3 or 4 hours, once a month.  Call volunteer coordinator Janice Lee-(406) 360-9895.  Expect to handle cardboard, magazines, mix of papers, newspapers, cans of aluminum and steel, and plastics #1 and #2. 

Services

We provide free recycling services for all of Ravalli County. Our recycling yard is open from 3pm - 6pm on Mondays and 9am-12pm on Saturdays at 759 US Hwy 93 N, Hamilton, across from Don's Home Center. You may drop off recyclable materials during these hours!  We also accept large appliances, including refrigerators and air conditioners (for a fee of $35 to safely removing freon). If you prefer curbside pickup instead of drop off, that is available -- call (406) 375-5398.

RCR is up and running in Ravalli County. Every week, we work to divert waste away from landfills, and instead provide a no-cost solution to those who can bring recyclables to our dropoff site.  Affordable curbside pickup service is available for those who can't or don't want to bring it in.


Why Recycle?

Without Recycling, we would be throwing away materials that can be processed and sold for re-use. Landfills are filing up while they pollute groundwater and fill the air with methane gas. Recycling can save non-renewable resources and energy. The bottom line is that human generated waste can ruin our Valley and our planet.