WHO WE ARE
Recycling Works Inc. is a benefit corporation under the non-profit Missoula Interfaith Collaborative. Missoula Interfaith Collaborative, or MIC, is made up of 32 congregations and community organizations in Missoula who work together and leverage each other’s strengths in order to create meaningful change. Profits from Recycling Works go back to support MIC and the community through different housing and organizing initiatives.
Here at Recycling Works, we believe in a zero waste community. The City of Missoula has adopted the mission to produce zero waste by the year 2050, and we wholeheartedly take on that mission, as well.
WHAT WE DO
Montana citizens recycle 13% less than the average American citizen. Why is that? Glass is one of the answers. Montana has not yet established a recycling infrastructure for glass. There are no glass bottle manufacturers in the state to melt and reuse our glass, and, unlike other states such as Minnesota, no one has established methods for using broken glass in roadways and construction. Montanans are behind on the recycling curve, and our goal is to change that.
Our goal for the future is to establish those methods of using broken glass, or aggregate, in state construction and manufacturing projects. This goal will take some time to accomplish, so our method, in the meantime, is to collect and store your glass locally, and then ship it down to a large recycling facility out of state that has the means to efficiently create and use aggregate. This facility does a fantastic job of separating and sorting the glass so that it can be turned into products like fiberglass.
Your organic material will be collected and brought to Garden City Compost. Garden City has perfected their composting methods, and they sell ready-to-use compost for your garden.