Recycling at The Transfer Station

Current City of Helena or Scratch Gravel homeowners should be eligible or have a current Transfer Station permit.  City renters residing in a 1–4 unit residence are eligible for a Renters Recycling Permit.  If neither of these options apply you can still recycle at the Transfer Station as a cash customer.  Our minimum charge is $6.00 and that allows you to recycle up to 200 lbs.  The price will go up from that point. Our current per ton charge is $56.75.

Household Recycling

Household Recycling

Newspaper – NO plastic bags or twine.  Inserts and ads accepted. 

Office Paper – White and pastel colors only.

Magazines – Nothing thicker than ½ “.  No books or large catalogs.

Corrugated Cardboard – Remove all packing and break boxes down flat.  No lightweight cardboard or paperboard.

Aluminum – NO plastic bags.  Beverage cans, TV dinner trays, foil, and food containers.  Aluminum must be clean and dry.

Steel Cans – NO plastic bags.  Tin and steel food cans.  Labels are okay.  Rinse well.

Mixed Container Glass – Clear, brown and green glass may be mixed.  All lids, corns and flow-control inserts must be removed and disposed of.  Rinse well.

Plastics – #1 Clear Bottles, #1 Clear Trays, #2 Milk Jugs & #2 Colored.  Rinsed/No Lids. NO BLACK PLASTICS

Automotive Waste

Automotive Waste

Car Batteries – Store in an upright position and place in designated containerin recycling area.

Waste Oil – Accepted from residential users in quantities of 5 gallons or less per customer per day.  Do not mix antifreeze or other liquids.

Antifreeze – Accepted in quantities of 5 gallons or less per customer per day. Do not mix with other liquids.

Electronics Waste Recycling - E-Waste is accepted in the recycling area.  No monitor screens of TVs of any sort will be accepted.  The weight of the E-Waste materials will be deducted from the permit allowance.

Off-Site Recycling Drop off Locations

Off-Site Recycling Drop off Locations

There a several off-site recycling locations around the area.  These locations only accept Steel Cans, Aluminum Cans, Newspapers, Magazines, White & Pastel office paper and Corrugated Cardboard. 

Off-Site Recycling Locations:

  • Safeway – 611 N Montana Ave
  • Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds – 98 W Custer Ave
  • Boeing – 3200 Skyway Dr, just past the Airport.
  • Across from Dale Harris Park (Dale Harris Park Address is 279 S Cruse Ave)
  • Grub Stake, 1450 Lincoln Rd West
  • Canyon Ferry Mini-Basket, 3012 Canyon Ferry Rd

Curbside Recycling

Curbside Recycling

Helena recycling provides a for fee curbside recycling service.  For more information, please contact them at 406-457-2437.

Please rest assured that if everyone properly recycles - these items won’t end up in our landfill.  These materials are shipped to a processing center where they are sorted, baled and shipped to respective recycling mills across the nation. 


Upcoming Events

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Saturday, October 1
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Batch Fields, 2101 N. Benton Avenue
Click Here to Learn More

Latex Paint Recycling Drop-Off

September 23-30
8 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. each day
City Transfer Station
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Recycling Guides


Strategic Plan for Waste Reduction

In 2020 the City, working with Zero Waste Associates, developed a strategic plan to help Helena achieve at least 50% solid waste diversion from the landfill by 2040. The City gathered public input on waste reduction strategies and finalized the plan to present to the Commission. More information on the public engagement process can be found at https://beheardhelena.com/strategic-plan-waste-reduction

Click Here to View Strategic Plan for Waste Reduction (Final PDF)


Contact Us

1975 N Benton Ave
Helena, MT 59601

 Title Contact Name  Email Phone
 Admin Office Admin Office  N/A 406-447-8086 
 Recycling Program Coordinator  Kim Carley kcarley@helenamt.gov  406-447-8084