Where does Bitterroot Garbage go?  Come find out at an RCR sponsored field trip!
Start at our recycling center and end up at the landfill in Missoula. 
All ages welcome!


Sustainability Field Trip with Ravalli County Recycling!


When: Thursday July 26th  8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Where: Meet at RCR Center 759 US Hwy 93 N Hamilton, MT 59840


Are you ecologically inclined?  Do you love being outdoors, enjoying the beautiful lands here in Montana?  Would you like to learn about recycling and how our everyday garbage is managed? If so, then please join us on this adventurer’s field trip.


Ravalli County Recycling

We’ll take a peek behind the scenes to show you what really happens at the local recycling facility and why we can’t take plastic and glass bottles.


Bitterroot Disposal/Victor Transfer Station

We’ll then carpool to the local transfer station to see where your garbage is taken and how they process it for the next step.


Republic Services/Missoula Landfill

We’ll then venture farther afield to Missoula Landfill and hear how our waste stream is managed to keep us safe with a focus on minimal impact to the environment.


Luncheon and Dialogue

We’ll end our adventure at a fun restaurant in Missoula where you can buy your favorite selection and we’ll kibitz about all the new information we just learned and maybe you’ll decide you want to join us at our recycling facility in Hamilton as a board member or a volunteer.



                            Phone: Maria at 406-381-9427                   Email: maria.laughlin@ravallirecycling.org

Please leave your full name, phone number, and how many in your party. Adults (age 18 and up) and minors if accompanied by an adult. 

Carpool drivers wanted: Let us know if you are willing to drive and how many you can take. Your vehicle must have proof of insurance. Thank you.


This field trip has a minimum of 7 participants and a maximum of 20.

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As of April 2018:

We no longer take PASTEBOARD

(includes cereal boxes, cracker boxes, tissue boxes, beer/soda cases boxes)

Our bales need to be 100% corrugated cardboard in order to go to market and be recycled.

Summer Hours:

Monday hours 3-6 p.m.

Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon.

Interested in volunteering at RCR?

Call Pam Aikins, our volunteer coordinator, at (406) 375-5398.

Every week, we work to divert waste away from landfills and provide a low-cost solution to those who can bring recyclables to our drop-off 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. 

Our wonderful volunteer Maria Laughlin at Hamilton Farmers' Market

We are a non-profit recycling group.  

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, conserve our natural resources, and save our landfill space. 


1)  Monetary contributions of any amount to help pay a bookkeeper and defray other costs. 

2) Box cutters for breaking down cardboard

3)  Board members

4)  Volunteers