Recycling in Montana continues to grow steadily
Recycling is much more challenging in Montana compared to densely populated parts of the country, however, the state has managed to exceed its recycling goals over the past decade.
Montana’s Integrated Waste Management Plan set a goal to achieve a 19% recycling rate by 2011, which it achieved in 2009. It now hopes to surpass a 22% recycling goal by 2015.
- FYI: The national average is about 35%.
Recycling helps more than just the environment
Recycling not only maintains the natural beauty of Montana, but it also helps boost the economy.
***According to the EPA, 10,000 lbs. of waste sent to landfills creates just 1 job while the same amount of waste sent to recycling facilities creates 10 recycling-related jobs or 75 material reuse jobs.
Increased recycling rates leads to:
- More jobs, more money flowing through the economy
- Fewer landfills, illegal dumping sites, and less virgin materials harvested for manufacturing
Got C&D debris?
Building demolitions and new construction generates construction and demolition (C&D) debris, much of which is reusable or recyclable.
When renting a dumpster for C&D debris, be sure to ask your dumpster rental provider if they recycle any or all of the debris. In some cases, you may have to source separate the debris by type (e.g., concrete, wood, shingles).
***Consider purchasing recycled buildings materials for your next building or renovation project. It’s often less expensive and helps close the recycling loop.
Got questions about solid waste rules and regulations?
The Montana Department of Environmental Quality keeps an updated list of laws and regulations related to solid waste handling and disposal in the state. Find that information here:
Dumpster permitting requirements
Whether or not you need a dumpster or right-of-way permit when renting a roll off container depends upon your local laws regarding the issue.
***In most cases, you’ll need to obtain a permit if the dumpster is to be placed in the public right-of-way (e.g., side of a city street).