Choose from one of our 5+ recycling plans to fit your needs. 


Curbside pickups every week for compost and once-a-month for glass. Just place our container(s)  next to your primary trash bin the night before your scheduled pickup date. 


Excess revenue from Recycling Works will go to support public education initiatives in Missoula and programs through the Missoula Interfaith Collaborative. 

A Special Thanks to Our Lead Sponsor

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, there are no 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 time to accomplish, so our method, in the meantime, is to collect and store your glass locally, and then ship it down to Momentum Recycling in Salt Lake City.  Momentum is the closest processing facility with the means to efficiently create and use aggregate. They do a fantastic job of separating and sorting the glass so that it can be turned into products like home insulation and sandblasting material.  We are always open to thoughts and ideas around using the glass locally, and we support any local projects that utilize our glass for reuse purposes.  

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.

What We Pickup



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

Not Accepted

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

*Items like light bulbs and window glass can not be picked up due to foreign properties in their chemical compositions



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 what can and cannot be composted, 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.

The amount of recycled glass containers was 3 million tons in 2015, for a recycling rate of ONLY 26.4%

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

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Latest News

June 7th Glass Drop-off Still ON

We’re happy to announce, with approval from the Missoula City-County Health Department, Recycling Works will be able to hold our 5th glass drop-off event at Imagine Nation Brewing on June[…]

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Update on June 7th Glass Drop-off

Our full health and safety plan will be available on the Facebook event page and www.recyclingworksmt.com once it is finalized. Please look out for this information a week prior to June[…]

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RW Compost Customers: Please Check Your Emails for an Update

If you don’t see anything, be sure to check your spam/junk mail as some of our emails end up there.

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