Ravalli County Recycling (RCR) is a Montana nonprofit corporation that strives to provide and promote recycling services within Ravalli County. 


RCR has the following purposes:

1. Public education about the problems associated with human-generated wastes and the promotion of recycling as one of the solutions. 

2. Development of recycling in Ravalli County, including cooperation with and mutual support for private and public recycling participants. 

3. Establishment of partnerships with local and regional governments to find and implement solutions to waste problems.  

4. Development and operation of a full service recycling center for Ravalli County citizens and businesses

Ravalli County Recycling, Inc. (RCR) is a 501(c)(3) Montana non-profit corporation with members. It is self-owned and governed by Montana law as it pertains to non-profits formed for charitable, educational, or scientific purposes. In accordance with its Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws, it is governed cooperatively by its Board of Directors which is subject to the general membership of the corporation. 

For more information on recycling related subjects, we recommend you visit the Montana Department of Environmental Quality.

You may find information about our Hours of Operation HERE and learn more about what we recycle HERE

RCR Officers and Board of Directors  


  • Cindi Schwartz, President of RCR - Cindi recently moved to Hamilton to pursue her career as a scientist with Rocky Mountain Labs. She has also pursued her love of gardening, hunting, camping, and hiking since moving to the valley.  She has always been passionate about the three Rs (reduce, re-use, recycle) and hopes to help educate people along the way about climate change and our need to simplify life.                                                                                                                                                                                    
  • Linda Weber, Vice President - Linda spent her working career in corporate and paralegal work. She is currently retired, but she is making major contributions to local recycling by serving as a drop-off center volunteer and by doing the important, but sometimes unheralded, jobs required to help the organization run more smoothly.                                                                                                                                                                          
  • Maria Laughlin, Secretary - Maria is working on her B.A. from the University of Montana in organizational communication with an emphasis in marketing. Maria serves RCR as a marketing intern developing strategic plans for community outreach with a focus on educational programing and sustainability.                                                                                                                                       
  • Jim Carlson, Treasurer - Jim is a retired science teacher from Wisconsin. Hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, skiing, and building an airplane are some of the things that occupy his time when he's not volunteering in the center. He appreciates the positive impact recycling has on the environment and is enthusiastic about getting Ravalli county up to speed in its recycling efforts. Jim encourages everyone to make Ravalli recycling bins optimistic by keeping them full of cans.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
  • John Schwartz John has run an IT consulting business, www.edtechfusion.com for 10 years and served for 5 years on the board of a nonprofit school. He brings his financial experience along with his interest in sustainability, specifically slowing human caused climate change, to the board of RCR.
  • Pam Aikins - Pam is a retired educator who recently moved to the Bitterroot from Wisconsin. She enjoys the beauty, wildlife, and recreation opportunities of western Montana. Volunteering at Ravalli Recycling is a way for her to be a good steward of the Earth and care for her community. She also serves as Volunteer Coordinator.                                                                                                                                                                                        
  • Rob Thomas - Rob is a retired college music professor, originally from West Virginia. He moved to Hamilton in 2012 and has been a Ravalli Recycling volunteer since 2014. He believes in the necessity of recycling and works the lanes two Saturdays a month. He and his wife try to recycle nearly everything they use. They try to use as little plastic as possible, and at this point they take their used glass to their son in Minneapolis or Mary's brother-in-law in Colorado when they drive to visit them. 

  • Chip Britting - Chip has been volunteering with RCR for 7 years, primarily on the operations side. He serves as Operations Liaison between the board and the paid employees. He believes that RCR is a much needed entity in our rural county that helps serve residents and meet their recycling needs. Without RCR's services, residents would be sending close to 500 additional tons to the landfill each year. He is proud to help prevent that from happening and to put recycled materials back into new products.                                                                                                                                                                                                            
  • Phyllis Rogers Green - Phyllis moved to Stevensville 4 years ago and is an active volunteer for several organizations here in Ravalli County. She is an advocate for recycling and hopes to build on local efforts to expand what Ravalli Recycling can do for the environment and our future.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
  • Janice Lee - Janice is a retired high school teacher (literature, writing, drama).  She believes individuals need to effect changes in the world and being on the RCR board is an important part of that for her. Without a group of concerned activist citizens there would be no recycling in the Bitterroot Valley. She is proud to be a part of solving the recycle vs. landfill problem.                                                                                                                                                        
  • Nancy Oesau - Nancy moved to the Bitterroot in 1990.  She has been on the following boards: BEAR (Bitterroot Ecological Awareness  Resources), FOB (Friends of the Bitterroot), and Simple yoga.

Want to know more? Contact us at pam.aikins@ravallirecycling.org