Green Building — Recycling Information for Whitefish, Montana

Here’s a Mindful breakdown of recycling information for the Whitefish, Montana area.  This list is updated and provided to all of our homeowners as part of our Home Information Booklet, provided upon move-in.  I hope some of you find this information helpful and encourage you to share this blog with your friends, family and co-workers in an effort to support local recycling.


Bugges Construction Clean-up: On-site; hand sorted recycling and debris removal services:

253-4836 Brandon

Flathead County has a launched a website for their “Waste Not” project where there is compilation of information relative to recycling in the Flathead County.


There are 3 recycling centers in the flathead county,

1.       North Valley Recycling – 5445 Hwy 93 S., Whitefish;  862-4381

2.       Pacific Steel and Recycling – Flathead Lane, Kalispell; 755-7128

3.       Valley Recycling – 1410 Hwy 2 W., Kalispell; 257-2574


There are currently 6 recycling drop-offs that are in the relative vicinity of your home (look for the blue bins).

1.       North Valley Recycling – 5445 Hwy 93 S., Whitefish;  862-4381

2.       The City Beach Overflow Parking lot

3.       The Business park North of the Alpine Market on Wisconsin Ave.

4.       Kalispell Avenue, Between 6th and 7th streets

5.       Whitefish City Hall, 418 East 2nd St, back lot

6.       The County Landfill located at 4098 Hwy 93 N.; 758-5910


New World Recycling offers curbside recycling services for a small fee.  863-9311


A grassroots organization that you can easily join for no fee.  How does it work?  One rule: everything posted must be free.  Whether it’s a chair, a fax machine, piano or old door to be given away, it can be posted on the network.  You can also look here for items that you may be looking to acquire.  Find out more by visiting their website at:


Recycling metal helps in conserving our supply of raw materials and reduces the amount of energy used in production.  In addition to aluminum and steel cans, most kinds of metals can be locally recycled including steel used in building, bronze and copper.  Make sure your metal cans and containers are empty and clean when you put them in the recycling bins.  Local recycling firms prefer that aluminum cans not be squashed as they can more easily be made into bales if they have not been pre-squashed.  Lids of steel cans should be pushed into the clean can and the open end squashed together to prevent the lid falling out.

Aluminum Cans: Accepted at all drop off sites and recycling centers.

Tin/Steel Cans: Accepted at drop off sites and recycling centers except Whitefish City Drop offs and Valley recycling.

Scrap Iron & Steel, Scrap Aluminum, Scrap Stainless Steel, Brass and Copper: Pacific Steel and Recycling; 755-7128.


Paper is easy to recycle because it is made from wood, and it separates back into fibers when soaked in water.  Paper can be recycled seven times and thus reduces the need to harvest timber to make new paper.

North Valley Recycling (862-4381):

  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Newspaper
  • White paper with black ink, computer paper, brown paper bags

Pacific Steel and Recycling (755-7128):

  • Newspaper
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Corrugated cardboard and brown paper bags
  • Office paper
  • Computer paper

Valley Recycling (257-2574): Valley Recycling recently changed its policy for sorting paper.  Instead of dividing products into four or five piles, only two are required now.

  • Newspapers, magazines, phone books, all white and colored paper, file folders, mailings, index cards, fax paper, envelopes (with or without windows), notebook paper, carbonless paper, computer paper.
  • Cardboard (corrugated and cereal box type paperboard), brown paper bags


ALL #1 and #2 plastics: any color any size! Remove the lids and dispose of them in the garbage.  Acceptable at all drop off sites and recycling centers.

Plastic Bags: Most grocery stores have return bins for plastic shopping bags, as do libraries.  The best thing you can do here, though, is minimize your consumption of plastic bags and use fabric, reusable ones whenever possible.


Recycle bubble wrap and Styrofoam packaging materials at The UPS Store, Whitefish, 862-8300; OR the Whitefish Pottery Store, 862-1417.


Used Motor Oil: .  You can recycle your motor oil at: Dave’s Lube and Oil, Whitefish, 862-0984; The Flathead County Landfill.

Used Oil Filter: contains dirty motor oil.  Puncture the filter and drain for 12-24 hours.

Recycle the oil and throw the drained filter in the trash.  You can recycle your motor oil at: Dave’s Lube and Oil, Whitefish, 862-0984; The Flathead County Landfill.

Antifreeze: can be recycled and should be disposed of properly.  Most antifreeze contains ethylene glycol which is toxic.  As antifreeze moves through your engine it picks up heavy metals which are toxic to fish and other water organisms.   Drain it into a leak-proof container and take it to the Flathead County Landfill recycling drop-off.

Transmission Fluid:  You can recycle this at Dave’s Lube and Oil, Whitefish, 862-0984.

Car Batteries: Generally, when you buy a new battery, the auto parts store or garage wants your old battery in exchange.  Batteries are a hazardous waste – they contain acid which is corrosive and they should be disposed of properly.  If you have other old batteries, most auto parts stores and garages will take them for recycling and some may pay you for it.  They are also accepted at the Flathead County Landfill (758-5910).

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