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Montana Solid Waste and Recycling Resources

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).

Tips for renting a roll-off dumpster in Montana

5 most common dumpster styles

Commercial dumpsters – Businesses use these dumpsters for weekly or monthly garbage hauling service. They are not for temporary use.

Roll-off dumpsters – These are the containers you rent for temporary uses, such as household cleanouts, roofing projects or commercial construction.

Trailer dumpsters – Used by some dumpster rental companies, these trailers are used similarly to roll-off dumpsters but are different in that they are on wheels – this offers the benefit of being easier on your driveway.

Bag-style containers – These small bins are made from durable fabrics and plastics and range in size from 1 to 3 cubic yards and hold less than 2 tons of debris. The “Bagster” container is one such dumpster.

Lowboy dumpsters – Similar to traditional roll-off dumpsters but with low sides, making it ideal for loading heavier debris, such as dirt, roofing material, concrete, tiles and masonry.

Information about dumpster rental weight limits and overage charges

Dumpster rental providers typically put a cap on the amount of weight you can load into a dumpster due to the fact it costs them more money to dump heavier loads at local landfills. This weight limit can range from 1 ton (2,000 lbs.) to 8 tons (16,000 lbs.) or more.

Overage fees typically range between $50 per ton and $100 per ton. For example, if the weight allowance is 2,000 lbs. and your load weighs in at 2,500 lbs., you’d owe an additional 1 ton of overage charges at the $50 to $100 rate, or whatever rate your dumpster rental agreement specifies.

TIP: Be particularly careful of going over the allotted weight limit when dealing with heavier debris, such as concrete, roofing shingles, dirt or masonry.