15 New Recycling Receptacles Added to the Streets of Downtown Missoula

15 New Recycling Receptacles Added to the Streets of Downtown Missoula


With the goal of improving recycling and reducing contamination of recycled materials, the Downtown Missoula Partnership maintenance crew installed 15 new community recycling receptacles on the streets of Downtown Missoula this week. The new blue receptacles will replace the old green wooden recycling containers throughout Downtown.

“The Downtown BID has been responsible for garbage and recycling removal from the public receptacles on the sidewalks of Downtown Missoula since 2009,” said Charlie Beaton, President of the Downtown BID Board and owner of Big Dipper Ice Cream. “Since day one, we have been focused on ensuring Downtown Missoula is clean and safe. Our Downtown crew inspects and empties 95 receptacles seven days a week, and these new recycling receptacles will help us improve and expand the recovery of recycled materials.”

The 60-gallon steel receptacles are appropriately labeled for accepting aluminum and plastic, but not glass based upon local recycling facility guidelines. They are placed alongside the black garbage receptacles on the sidewalks throughout the downtown district.

As the final phase of a two-year expansion and improvement plan, the Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) purchased the new receptacles with support from the Missoula Redevelopment Agency (MRA). Last year the BID purchased 15 recycling receptacles with support from the MRA and the City of Missoula’s Climate and Sustainability Program.

“The Downtown BID is committed to the community’s Zero by Fifty Waste Reduction Plan because we care about the environment,” said Beaton. “Hopefully the new receptacles will help our Downtown customers recycle the appropriate materials and improve efficiencies for our maintenance crew. It’s a great way to celebrate Earth Day this month!”

In 2023, Downtown Missoula Partnership staff removed an estimated 624 yards of garbage and 156 yards of recycled materials from the sidewalk containers.

For more information, contact the Downtown Missoula Partnership via phone (406-543-4238) or email ([email protected]).

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