Next glass drop-off event is Sunday, November 3 from 12 to 6 pm at
Imagine Nation Brewery, 1151 W. Broadway Missoula
Cost: $5 per 5 gal bucket (provided)
Clean, any color, no caps, labels OK


Winter hours resume for November & December

Mondays  2 - 5 pm

(Saturdays still 9 am till noon)

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It is with great sadness that we announce that we will be shutting down all operations at the end of the year.

Our last day will be Tuesday, December 31st 2019.

We understand the impact on the community, and we encourage you to ask questions and talk with volunteers as you drop off your recyclables for the remainder of the year.

We will be posting a list of locations (largely in Missoula but also including Modern Recycling at Sheafman Corner) that still accept items for recycling. Please check back for an updated list.

Please read the message from the board below for further information about this difficult decision.

And thank you for all your support.


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 contact@ravallirecycling.org with any questions.





Sorry, due to poor markets,

we are no longer accepting magazines .

Republic Services in Missoula is still accepting magazines (as well as pasteboard and #1 & #2 plastics).




August 1, 2019

We are still accepting cardboard until Dec 31.





 

Sorry, we are no longer buying aluminum.

We are still accepting aluminum cans for recycling,

and we greatly appreciate your donations, as they help offset the cost of operations.

(Aluminum can still be sold to Modern Recycling at Sheafman Corner.)



 

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. 


Needed

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