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Two More Glass Recycling Days in 2023!!!

Second Saturday of:

June & October

North end of the Ravalli County Fairgrounds


Glass: $1 per gallon/$5 per 5 gallon bucket

Cardboard: $10 per cubic yard

Save Aluminum Cans to Donate on June 10th!

Recycling Works Montana will drive the cans to Modern Recycling, a Bitterroot Company. 

Modern Recycling will pay for the cans and 100% of that money will be donated back to Ravalli County Schools and education projects related  to recycling here in Ravalli County.

Thank you to Recycling Works Montana for this opportunity.

**Please no aluminum foil or aluminum pet food cans.**



It is with great sadness that we ceased all operations other than designated glass-recycling events at the end of 2019.

The board of Ravalli County Recycling (RCR) has made the difficult decision to permanently shut down all operations, including drop-off days and pick-up services. Last date for any and all recycling services is Tuesday, December 31, 2019.

Ravalli County Recycling was formed in 2010 by a group of citizens who saw a need for recycling. They filled that need by growing their grassroots non-profit organization into a dedicated service that saved 7.25 million pounds of recyclable materials from entering the landfill. The organization has grown large enough to have 2 paid employees and currently has about 25 dedicated volunteers. Throughout the years, RCR has fought hard to maintain recycling in Ravalli County and made tough decisions, such as no longer accepting plastic, in order to balance the desires of the community with the cost of operating the organization.

Ravalli County Recycling could not have accomplished so much without our hard-working volunteers past and present, our employees, the Rapp Family Foundation, the Rutledge Family, Dusti Johnson of MT Department of Environmental Quality, and our customers. To all of you who have recycled, supported, or donated to us: We thank you for every moment and every dollar you have chosen to give to this organization.

Unfortunately, the landscape of recycling has changed across the country and around the world, and RCR can no longer maintain operations because of insurmountable obstacles such as poor markets, volunteer burnout, lack of municipal funding, and our current rental location going up for sale. We know that our loyal customers and volunteers will want to continue to support recycling. We’ve identified several ways to do so:

— First, please consider the 4R’s: Refuse single-use items, Reduce, Reuse, and then Recycle. There are so many ways to make a positive impact.
— Second, consider volunteering at like-minded organizations that promote sustainability in the Bitterroot Valley. Ravalli County is full of wonderful organizations that care deeply for our environment.
— Third, talk to city and county officials about funding recycling programs at a local level. To our knowledge, we are the only recycling operation in Montana that does not receive some sort of government assistance.

We intend to continue to accept recyclables (materials list can be found on this site) and pick up current commercial curbside and commercial cardboard accounts until December 31. Please come by, bring your recyclables, and talk to us. We hope that there’s a strong and long-lasting future for recycling in Ravalli County — either with help from city or county officials or from volunteers and other concerned citizens who will come up with the next iteration of a grassroots organization.

Please email us at janicling@gmail.com with any questions.



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.