Recycling in Great Falls

City of Great Falls Montana

Recycling 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 options available throughout the Great Falls Community?  Recycling services are available at the following locations:

Recycling Locations

ACE Hardware:  215 NW Bypass, 216-5050
Hours of operation: Monday-Saturday, 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

What they accept: CFL and other fluorescent bulbs.

AutoZone:  3300 10th Ave. S., 268-9388
Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday, 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

What they accept: oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and gear oil.
Drop-offs should not contain water or antifreeze. No charge.

Batteries Plus:  900 10th Ave. S., Ste. 3, 761-1238
Hours of Operation: Open 7 days a week
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. & Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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/smartphones, laptop/netbooks, MP3s, PDAs and portable tools for recycling.

City-County Health Department:  115 4th Street S., 454-6950
What they accept: old thermostats (contain Mercury), drop off at the front desk during regular business hours.

City of Great Falls, Sanitation Division:  1025 25th Ave. NE, 771-1401
Provides weekly commercial cardboard pick-up for $15 a month.

What they accept: corrugated cardboard only.

Filipowicz Brothers Salvage:  3120 Rainbow Dam Road, 727-0535
Hours of Operation: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

What they accept: all metals, they do not accept batteries, plastic, glass, cardboard or paper.

High Plains Landfill:  142 Powerline Road, Floweree, MT 452-3143
Hours of Operation: Monday–Friday, 6 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

What they accept: aluminum, newspaper and cardboard.

Montana Waste Systems:  3201 15th Street NE, 761-2545
Provides curbside recycling twice a month to their residential sanitation customers. This service costs an additional $2 a month (in addition to residential sanitation service). Only available as an option for those located within the City limits.

What they accept: cans (aluminum/tin), corrugated cardboard, newsprint, magazines and junk mail.  No plastic or glass.

Oily Waste:  172 N Manchester Road, 761-4503
Hours of Operation: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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., 791-8550
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Summer hours include Saturday from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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.  Pacifc accepts electronic scrap.  There is a fee charged for CRT's and flat screens.  They are accepting household plastics, plastices 1 & 2, basically anything with a lid.  Please be sure to rinse out and then place in the drop off point inside the yard. 

Pronto Auto Parts:  217 Vaughn Road, 453-6509
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

What they accept: oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and gear oil. Drop-offs should not contain water or antifreeze and can be no larger than 5 gallons. No charge.

Steel Etc.:   1408 52nd Street N., 761-4848
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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 and plastics #2.  Plastics need to be rinsed out.

Target:  2000 10th Ave. S., 727-9281
Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.—10 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.—10 p.m.

What they accept: glass, 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 operation visit or call 454-6810.

What are Plastics #1 & #2?

Plastics #1 are usually clear or green, glossy, rigid containers that sink in water, clear and green soda bottles, 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 to take Yard Waste

Yard waste can be taken to the High Plains Landfill (142 Powerline Road, Floweree, MT). It is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They charge $28.75 per ton.  A $5 fine can be imposed if loads are not secured with a rope, strap or tarp. For more information and questions call the landfill at 452-3143.

Re-usable Goods

Looking for a place to take your  re-usable household items? There are currently many local organizations that will take, as well as benefit from, re-usable household donations including:

  • Goodwill Industries:  1210 9th Street S., 453-0311
  • Habitat for Humanity Restore:  816 20th Street N., 453-2173
  • My Neighbor In Need: (visit their website to find out how you can help)
  • Rescue Mission:  326 2nd Ave. S., 761-2653
  • Salvation Army Thrift Store:  616 1st Ave. NW or 4910 10th Avenue South, 452-0616
  • St. Vincent DePaul:  426 Central Ave. W., 761-0870
  • YWCA:  220 2nd Street N., 452-1315 or 453-1018