Missoula Recycling ACT!
Our goal is to achieve Zero Waste of Resources (ZWR) by 2030. This means that materials of value will not be thrown away.
Montana landfills are only a temporary solution for waste management in our state. Municipal solid waste (MSW) is any discarded solid material, also known as garbage. Missoula for example does not require the people of its city to recycle their waste. Here, there are no blue bins for every green garbage bin in town. If you know nothing about recycling and plan to recycle you have to first “shop around” and find different private recycling programs in the community, and even then you may be subject to location restrictions. Although there is a clear problem with our current disposal trends, there is also a solution.
By implementing a municipal solid waste plan and launching educational campaigns to spread awareness, these cooperative agreements within our community can indeed bring about a better recycling system.
Recycling separates paper, cardboard, glass, metal, and other materials, from the garbage for reuse or reprocessing into new products. Recycling can reduce the size of your garbage can and the size of your garbage bill.
Over half of what people usually throw away can be recycled. The average Missoula resident generates over 4.5 lbs. of garbage each day and over a half ton of garbage each year. Your every day actions and decisions have a direct effect on the amount of waste generated in Missoula County.
Waste generation reduction:
Before you buy, use or discard something, ask yourself
Reduce: Do I really need to buy this?
Reuse: Can I or somebody else use the product again?
Recycle: Can I purchase the product with recycled content?
Rethink: Can I rent or borrow it instead?
Your every day actions and decisions have a direct effect on the amount of waste generated in Missoula County.