Missoula, MT 59801



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What We Do

Montanans generate almost twice as much trash as the average American. Why is that? Glass is a major factor. Montana doesn’t have a glass recycling system, and there are no bottle makers in the state to melt and reuse our old bottles and jars.

Enter Recycling Works. We collect, crush, and store your glass locally, then ship it to Momentum Recycling in Salt Lake City.  Momentum is the closest processing facility that efficiently processes glass, and will transform your old glass containers into new bottles and products like home insulation and sandblasting material. We are also thrilled to support local projects that utilize your glass for reuse purposes.  

In addition to glass recycling, we also offer compost collection services. Your organic material will be delivered to Garden City Compost, who have perfected their composting methods and sell ready-to-use compost for your garden.

What We Pick Up



– Wine Bottles
– Beer Bottles
– Spirit Bottles
– Food Jars (clean)
– Labels All OK

Not Accepted

– Caps/Corks/Lids
– Food Residue
– Window Glass/Light bulbs*

*Cannot be recycled with food-grade glass due to chemical contaminants



Recycling Works accepts all food waste besides grease and garbage. Materials such as wood chippings and sawdust can be accepted as long as they fit in the curbside bucket.

Not Accepted

– Construction debris other than lumber
– Plastics of any kind (Please Recycle)
– Metal of any kind (Please Recycle)
– Cardboard of any kind 
– Painted or treated wood
– Rocks, gravel or concrete
– Un-bailed hay, straw, manure or animal bedding
– Root balls containing rocks or dirt
*For more information on composting, please visit the Garden City Compost website (operated by the City of Missoula).

Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity.

ONLY 26% of glass actually gets recycled. missoulians have recycled 172,000 lbs of glass since recycling works began in october 2018. 

Compost can capture and destroy 99.6 percent of industrial volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) in contaminated air.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Latest News

Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s- Pick-up Changes

The Recycling Works office will be closed on Thursday, December 24th; Friday, December 25th; and Friday, January 1st for the holidays. Thursday 4 glass pick-up will now be on Tuesday, December 22nd.Friday compost[…]

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December 2020 Glass Drop-off

With approval from the Missoula Department of Health, here is our current plan for the December 6th Glass Drop-off : -Pre-shift health assessment for all employees and volunteers -Cars enter[…]

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Thanksgiving Update

Recycling Works will operate on the normal pick-up schedule during the week of November 23-27th. Our office will be closed during the day on November 26th.   Due to COVID ceasing travel[…]

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