Off-Site Recycling Containers across from Dale Harris Park


Recycling drop off sites are located at:

  • Safeway - 611 N. Montana
  • L&C County Fairgrounds - 98 W. Custer
  • Independent Record - 2222 Washington St.
  • Capital Hill Mall Parking Lot - East end by the old Dillard's - 1600 11th Ave
  • At the median between the one-ways on the west end of Cruse Ave towards Park Avenue and directly across from Dale Harris Park.

The above locations accept steel and aluminum cans, newspapers, office paper, magazines and corrugated cardboard. These containers are provided for household recycling. If you have a large amount of cardboard or if you are a large quantity generator (such as a commercial business), please direct haul your cardboard directly to Pacific Recycling.  This will ensure the containers are not overfilled and that there is room in the containers for household recyclers. 

The Transfer Station accepts all of the above as well as used motor oil, telephone books, textiles, ink cartridges and container glass.   

Household Recycling at The Transfer Station

Click for a printable list of items accepted for recycling at the Transfer Station

A permit or cash payment is required for E-Waste and all Recycling including Plastic at the Transfer Station. For valid permit holders we must get inbound and outbound weights. The weight of recycling is not deducted from the permits allowance if the whole load is recycling. If the load is mixed with garbage and recycling, two trips through the scale will be required. The weight of the recyclables will not count against your bulk solid waste allowance.

Aluminum - Beverage cans, TV dinner trays, foil and good containers. All aluminum must be clean and dry. 

Corrugated Cardboard -  Remove packing and break boxes down flat. No lightweight cardboard or paperboard, please.

E-Waste Recycling - The City of Helena sponsors a monthly E-Waste Recycling Event.  The drop off takes place the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Transfer StationPer Item fees apply.  Residential permits or Recycling permits are required.  Commercial customers and Out of Area recyclers will pay the current Transfer Station rate on the weight brought in, as well as the per item E-Waste charge.  Cash or Check only, no credit or debit cards accepted.

Magazines - Nothing thicker than a Reader's Digest (about ½" thick). No books or junk mail. 

Mixed Container Glass - Please do not put anything into the glass container except glass containers. (No plastic bags, six pack holders, etc.)  These items will contaminate the load.

Newsprint - Loose newsprint. Do not bundle. Inserts and advertisements do not need to be removed.  No plastic bags in with newspapers.

Office Paper - White or pastel office paper is accepted in the same bin as the newspaper and magazines, stapled paper is okay. Envelopes with windows are also accepted.

Plastics - The City of Helena accepts Type #1 Clear & Tinted Plastic Bottles, Type #1 Clear Trays (Fruit & Baked Goods Trays), Type #2 Natural Color Plastic (Opague, Translucent, Milk Jugs) Type #2 Solid Color Plastics (Laundry, Juice, Soap Bottles).For a detailed, printable flyer - click here.  For more information on plastics recycling please go to or call 449-6008.

Steel Cans - Tin and steel food cans. Labels are okay. Please rinse well. 

Textile Recycling - The City of Helena is working in conjunction with Helena Industries on Textile Recycling efforts.  Helena Industries has provided a small shed for storage and the City is providing a drop off location in the recycling area at the Transfer Station.   For more information please contact Gail Jester at 442-2033. 

Automotive Wastes - household quantities of oil and antifreeze are considered recycling items.  Automotive batteries are also considered "recycling"

The City of Helena offers monthly Curbside recycling - call 447-8084 to be put on the Blue Bag Route. Blue Bags for the City of Helena Curbside Recycling Program can be picked up free of charge at the City Transfer Station with your City permit or call 447-8086 to have Blue Bags delivered to your home.

Contact Information:

Kim Carley
Recycling Program Coordinator
City of Helena ~ 316 N. Park Ave. ~ Helena, MT 59623