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Montana Tech Recycling Guide

Montana Tech is currently in collaboration with AWARE Recycling in Butte, who will pick up the following recyclables:

  • Office Paper
  • Shredded Paper (bagged only)
  • Envelopes
  • Junk Mail
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Books (must have binding removed - mailroom can do this for you))

Please flatten cardboard boxes yourself to make it easier for custodians to handle. Put flattened cardboard the bins at any of the designated bin locations. There is also a cardboard only bin on the loading dock of the SUB.

  • #1 (PETE) – Water, Juice, Soda Bottles (empty)
  • #2 (HDPE) – Clear Milk Jugs (rinse thoroughly)
  • #3 through #7 are NOT currently accepted
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Steel cans

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

  • Glass 
  • Plastic Bags (grocery stores recycle these)
  • 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
  • Metals
  • Rocks

At least once a year Yellowstone E-Waste Solutions out of Billings 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 Environmental Health & Safety for specifics. Hard drives must be cleaned or destroyed before recycling. Click here to see what Yellowstone E-Waste will accept.

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/.



The student club, Environmental Engineering of Montana Tech (EEMT), recycles printer cartridges to help support their travel to a conference each year. Contact EEMT at eemt@mtech.edu to pick up your cartridges, or you can take them to the mailroom in the SUB.


Yellowstone E-Waste Solutions, Batteries Plus and Verizon Wireless recycle old cellphones. 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.

No one that we have found accepts alkaline batteries. Ni-Cad (nickel cadmium) and lead acid batteries are accepted by Batteries Plus (in other communities); Pacific Steel and Recycling in Butte only accepts lead acid batteries.


Old CFL bulbs, must be properly disposed of as they contain small amounts of mercury. They can be taken to stores such as Home Depot, Lowe’s and Batteries Plus. Not all stores accept them.