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Montana   Tech   Recycling   Guide

Montana Tech is currently in collaboration with AWARE Butte Recycling, a local non-profit organization that employs the handicapped to sort recycling materials. They provide one or two 55-gallon bins for each building’s recycling on campus, which they pick up on Thursdays. They will pick up the following recyclables:

  • Office Paper
  • Shredded Paper (bagged only)
  • Envelopes
  • Junk Mail
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Books (phone, bound)
  • Please flatten cardboard boxes yourself
  • Leave flattened cardboard behind bin
  • Put flattened cardboard inside the bins
    at the Library parking lot
  • Aluminum (empty cans only)
  • #1 (PETE) – Water, Juice, Soda Bottles (empty)
  • #2 (HDPE) – Clear Milk Jugs (rinse thoroughly)
  • #2 Solid through #7 (rinse thoroughly)

Please take note of the items Butte Recycling Does Not accept:

  • Glass (safety issue with handicapped workers)
  • Coated Paper, Boxes, Cartons (waxed, foiled)
  • Wrapping and Construction Paper
  • Kleenex, Napkins, Paper Towels, Toilet Paper, Diapers
  • Waxed Drink Cups (pop, coffee)
  • Styrofoam (cups, food boxes)
  • Non-Plastic Milk/Juice Cartons (waxed)
  • Food and/or Wrappers
  • Appliances and Electronics
  • Pots, Pans, Tin or Steel Cans
  • Metals
  • Rocks

Once a year NCAT picks up Montana Tech’s unusable electronic equipment (e-waste). This equipment needs to be taken to a designated location the day before the scheduled pickup. Watch for an email announcement from the environmental health and safety (EH&S) officer usually in June or July for specifics. No personal equipment is allowed at this event. Hard drives must be cleaned or destroyed before recycling.


Computer Systems and Accessories

  • CRT Monitors
  • LCD Displays
  • CPUs
  • All-In-Ones
  • Laptops
  • Servers
  • Switches
  • Hubs
  • UPS Systems
  • Keyboards & Mice
  • Speakers
  • Hard Drives (cleaned or destroyed)
  • Optical Drives (cleaned or destroyed)
  • Wires and Cables

Audio & Video Equipment

  • Televisions
  • DVDs
  • VCRs
  • Stereos
  • Radios
  • Camcorders
  • Cameras
  • Games Systems

Handheld Devices

  • Cell Phones
  • Pagers
  • PDAs
  • Two-Way Radios

Office Equipment

  • Fax Machines
  • Photocopiers
  • Printers
  • Scanners
  • Telephones
  • Typewriters
  • Adding Machines
  • Hazardous Materials of Any Type
  • Batteries not Integral to Computer Systems
  • Contaminated Equipment of Any Type
  • Cracked or Broken CRT Screens
  • Microwaves
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Household Appliances
  • Hairdryers
  • Styrofoam
  • Fluorescent Bulbs, CFLs

If you have e-waste from home, NCAT sponsors a community event each spring. See their webpage for more information and a price list at http://www.ncat.org/recycle.php#price.


Environmental Engineering of Montana Tech (EEMT) recycle printer cartridges a couple times a year to help support their travel to the PNWIS conference each year. Contact EEMT at eemt04@yahoo.com to pick up your cartridges.


Staples, Walmart, RadioShack and Verizon Wireless (on Grand) are collection sites that now recycle cellphones and all household batteries including alkaline or single-use batteries weighing less than 11 pounds. Deliver cellphones and batteries to MG 305 or transfer to one of these locations.

If the cellphone is still in working order and you upgrade, you can donate the working cellphone to Safe Space and they provide emergency phone access to clients for safety purposes.


Old CFL bulbs, those swirl bulbs that are saving us loads of energy must be properly disposed of. They can be taken to stores such as Home Depot, Lowe’s and Ace Hardware in Helena, Bozeman and Missoula.


A&S Metals is a local recycling center but you must take your product to them. For information on the products they will take, see http://asmetals.com/recycling.htm. A recycling account has been set up at the Montana Tech Foundation for any proceeds from the sale of recycling products or for donations. Just send it to the Montana Tech Foundation and mark it deposit Recycling account.