Recycling in Great Falls

Recycling Options in Great Falls

Recycling is a great way to help protect the environment, reduce the depletion of natural resources and stimulate the economy.

Did you know that there are a number of recycling locations available throughout the Great Falls Community?

Recycling services are available at the following locations:

Auto Zone
3300 10th Ave. S.
Hours of Operation: Monday – Saturday, 7:30 am – 9 pm, Sunday 9 am – 7 pm.
What they accept: oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and gear oil. Drop-offs should not contain water or antifreeze. No Charge.

Batteries and Bulbs
900 10th Ave. S. Ste. 3
Hours of Operation: Open 7 days a week, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 8 pm, Sat. 8 am – 7 pm, Sun. 9 am – 5 pm.
What they accept: used/old batteries such as – lead acid (Pb) batteries – cars, trucks and emergency lighting; Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) batteries – cordless phones, tools and two way radios; Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries – camcorders, cameras and bar code scanners; Lithium ion (Li-ion) & Lithium Polymer (Li-Poly) – cell phones and laptops. They also accept portable electronic devices such as cell/smart phones, laptop/net books, MP3’s, PDA’s, portable tools, and CFL bulbs (prefer you bring the bulbs in the boxes they are contained in when you buy them so they can be shipped out for proper destruction).

City of Great Falls Sanitation
1025 25th Ave. N.E.
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 5 pm
What they accept: corrugated cardboard only, provided weekly for Commercial Customers for $15 fee per month.

Filipowicz Brothers Salvage
3120 Rainbow Dam Rd
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm, Saturday 8 am – 12:00 pm.
What they accept: all metals, no batteries, plastic, glass, cardboard or paper.

High Plains Landfill
142 Powerline Rd
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 6 am – 6 pm, Sat. & Sunday 9 am – 5 pm.
What they accept: aluminum, newspaper, and cardboard.

Montana Waste Systems
3201 15th St. N.E.
Curbside recycling picked up two times a month for their residential customers within the City limits. Additional $2 per month (in addition to residential sanitation fees).
What they accept: cans, (aluminum/tin), corrugated cardboard, newsprint, magazines and junk mail. No plastic or glass.

Oily Waste
172 N. Manchester Rd
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm
What they accept: oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and gear oil. No charge. Please call ahead before dropping off.

Pacific Steel & Recycling
1624 12th Ave. N.
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm, summer hours includes Saturday 8 am – 12 pm.
What they accept: scrap steel, stainless steel, magnesium, titanium, nickel, alloys, lead, batteries, aluminum, aluminum cans, copper, insulated copper, brass, scrap cast iron, radiators, corrugated cardboard, newspaper, office paper, magazines, deer & elk hides (seasonal), cattle hides and deer/elk antlers. Some appliances are also accepted including: washers, dryers, refrigerators (if the Freon is evacuated properly by a certified tech) and ovens. Pacific accepts electronic scrap (there is a fee charged for CRT’s and flat screens). They are accepting household plastic bottles, jars, jugs – Plastics 1 & 2, basically anything with a lid. Containers need to be rinsed out and put in the drop off point inside their yard.

Pronto Auto Parts
217 Vaughn Rd
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 8 am – 6 pm, Sunday 9 am – 2 pm.
What they accept: oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and gear oil. Drop-offs should not contain water of antifreeze and can be no larger than 5 gallons. No Charge.

Steel Etc.
1408 52nd St. N.
Hours of Operation: Monday – Saturday, 7 am – 5:30 pm, Saturday 8 am – 12 pm.
What they accept: copper, aluminum, brass, lead, lead acid batteries, aluminum cans, tin, appliances, radiators, vehicles, iron, stainless steel, insulated copper wire. If it is made of metal, Steel Etc. will buy it. Refrigerators and freezers with Freon removed (Freon removal cost is $30). Steel Etc. is also accepting corrugated cardboard, newspaper, paper, magazines, and plastics #1 & plastics #2. Plastics need to be rinsed out.

2000 10th Ave. S.
Hours of Operation: Monday – Saturday, 8 am – 10 pm, Sunday 8 am – 10 pm.
What they accept: aluminum, plastics (#1 PET or PETE and #2 HDPE), MP3 players, cell phones, ink cartridges. Recycling containers are located at the front of the store, near the photo department. At this time Target is only equipped to handle smaller drop-off items.

County Recycling Drop-off Locations
Cascade County provides recycling drop-off locations at their staffed rural collection sites throughout the County. To learn more and for hours of operations visit 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Plastics #1 & #2?

Plastics #1 are usually clear or green, glossy, rigid containers that sink in water, clear and green soda bottle, cooking oil bottles, peanut butter jars, salad dressing bottles and other food and drink containers.

Plastics #2 are usually milky or solid colors and rigid containers, plastic bags, milk jugs and yogurt or margarine tubs, detergent bottles, shampoo bottles and other containers.

Where should I take my yard waste?

City Sanitation customers can bag their yard waste and put out on their regular pick up day. Montana Waste customers can take their yard waste to the High Plains Landfill located at 142 Powerline Road, Floweree, MT. It is open Monday through Friday from 6 am to 6 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm. The charge is $28.75 per ton. A $5 fine can be imposed if loads area not secured with a rope, strap or tarp. For more information and questions call the landfill at 452-3143.

Where should I take my re-usable goods?

There are currently many local organizations that will take, as well as benefit from your reusable household items including:

  • Goodwill Industries 1210 9th St. S. - 453-0311
  • Habitat for Humanity Restore 401 3rd Ave. S - 453-2173
  • My Neighbor in Need – visit their website to find out how you can help at
  • Rescue Mission 326 2nd Ave. S. - 761-2653
  • Salvation Army Thrift Store 616 1st Ave. N.W.  or 4910 10th Ave. S. - 452-0616
  • St. Vincent De Paul 426 Central Ave. S. - 761-0870
  • YMCA 220 2nd St. N. - 452-1315 or 453-1018

Annual Events

Christmas Tree Recycling - Did you know that live Christmas trees are recyclable? Live Christmas trees are biodegradable, which means they can be reused or recycled for other purposes.  Great Falls residents are encouraged to recycle their live Christmas trees from December 26th - through the first week of January (specific dates will be provided each year in a press release and noted on the City website).

Containers will be located at:

  • Vacant lot adjacent from Eddie's Supper Club - 3725 2nd Ave. N.
  • Meadowlark Park - Fox Farm and Park Garden Road
  • Snyder Drug parking lot - 2500 6th Ave. N.
  • 2J's Market - 105 Smelter Avenue N.E.
  • Malmstrom AFB - 110 South Perimeter (Malmstrom residents only)

Before recycling your Christmas tree remove all lights, decorations, tree stands etc.  (Flocked trees cannot be recycled)  Commercial trees are not being accepted.  The recycled Christmas trees will be composted or used to improve fish habitats.

The Christmas Tree Recycling Project is sponsored by the City of Great Falls and Montana Waste Systems.  For more information contact Public Works at 771-1401 or MWS at 761-2545.